Food banks: where is the state?

Back in 1971 the American philosopher John Rawls published a book with the purpose of establishing principles of justice for the basic structure of society. In A Theory of Justice Rawls argued that the best way to decide on these principles was to imagine to be in an hypothetical “original position” where one is placed under a “veil of ignorance”, under which he has no knowledge of our social status, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, skills, and so on.

The question asked by Rawls was: if we were not to know whether we are at the bottom or at the top of society, what would be the basic safeguards measures we would want society to guarantee us?

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