Obligations of Privilege
American University - Washington College of Law
NYU Review of Law & Social Change, Vol. 32, p. 1, 2007
American University, WCL Research Paper
Little attention is paid to the nature of the high incomes of the rich or to the legal or norm-based obligations the rich owe society. This popular and scholarly inattention reflects the general acceptance of the idea that the rich have earned their high incomes and owe society little. By looking at income equations revealing society's role in high incomes and the obligations of the rich, the Article urges a strengthening of the obligations of the rich and rejects the argument that the legal community ought not consider the moral demands associated with high incomes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: Obligations, Poverty, Income, Duty of Rescue, Wealthy, Privilege, Progressive Taxation
JEL Classification: K11, D31, D63, E24, I30, J30, N30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 7, 2006 ; Last revised: March 18, 2008
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