Social Justice in a Post-Affluent Society

Theory in Action, Vol. 10, No. 1, January (© 2017)

7 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: January 11, 2017


Operating under the assumption that the current technological revolution will result in increased unemployment due to smart machines being used in roles traditionally occupied by humans, this article addresses how societal promotion of communitarian pursuits over affluence will lead to increased social justice. A greater reallocation of wealth can be expected when communitarianism thrives because social bonds create a sense of obligation to support less endowed members. Furthermore, even though the shift to a post-affluent society has not yet occurred, millions are already committed to pro-social pursuits and are demonstrating that when people of means embrace social justice, they are willing to share more readily.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Social Justice in a Post-Affluent Society (January 11, 2017). Theory in Action, Vol. 10, No. 1, January (© 2017). Available at SSRN:

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