Is Social Justice a Mirage?

Originally published in The Independent Review

F. A. Hayek’s critique of social justice, developed in volume two of Law, Legislation, and Liberty, argues that the outcome of market activity cannot be deemed just or unjust. A thorough critique of social justice, however, must deal with the claim that social injustices can result when the rules of the game predictably favor some groups or players and work to the disadvantage of others.

This article is a chapter in an edited volume, Is Social Justice Just?, published by the Independent Institute in May 2023.

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