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Civil Society Brunch: 'Making Rulers Our Equals'

Friday, March 1 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Goldberg Formal Lounge
6475 Forsyth, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Claudio López-Guerra (University of Richmond) will present a talk entitled "Making Rulers Our Equals" at 10am, with brunch served from 9:30am.  This public event that is part of the Civil Society Initiative.  RSVP below if you are planning to attend.   All are welcome!

Abstract: Politicians like to repeat that “we are all in this together,” that “we are all in the same boat.” Yet they wage wars that they do not fight; they neglect schools that their kids do not attend; they marginalize neighborhoods where they do not live; they allow exploitative workplaces where they do not work; they underfund healthcare systems that they do not use; they ruin economies that they can easily escape. In a nutshell, they lack enough skin in the game. This is a type of political inequality that has not been sufficiently discussed by political philosophers and the public at large. There is a case to be made for requiring high public officials to cast their lot with the governed and internalize the costs of their decisions on a footing of equality.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Allan Hazlett

Speaker Information

Claudio López-Guerra (University of Richmond) specializes in the normative study of democratic institutions and general issues in ethics and public policy. His work has appeared in journals such as Philosophy and Public Affairs, The Journal of Political Philosophy, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is author of Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Rationality, Democracy, and Justice: The Legacy of Jon Elster (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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