LIZARRAGA Fernando Alberto
The Rejection of Self-ownership in Edward Bellamy's Egalitarian Utopia
Journal of Political Ideologies
Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group
Lugar: Londres; Año: 2022 vol. 27 p. 94 - 111
In the face of various objections to egalitarianism, this article examines Edward Bellamy´s insightful rebuttal to the principle of self-ownership. The main purpose is to make sense of Bellamy´s egalitarianism rather than mounting a full-fledged critique against one of the key concepts of libertarianism. First, I present the principle of self-ownership and Bellamy´s early objections, encompassing arguments based on fraternity as a social duty and the right to life as prior to the right to property. Second, I analyse Bellamy´s conception of talents as a common asset and his outright condemnation of self-ownership as a fraudulent principle, because it allows those with better natural and social endowments to take advantage in the economic domain. Third, I tease out the egalitarian dismissal of material incentives, founded on the idea that it is wrong to conflate effort as a moral matter, with economic reward, which is an economic issue. Lastly, I take up Bellamy´s visionary rejection of the proposition according to which liberty upsets equality and show that the utopian argument is based on the idea that it is inequality that jeopardises liberty. Indizada en: Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Index Islamicus, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Geobase, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Un adelanto de este artículo fue publicado en el blog asociado al Journa of Political Ideologies: