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Two Diverging Approaches to Social Justice

Two Diverging Approaches to Social Justice

“The problem with this dilemma you pose is that it takes a great deal of ‘wisdom’ to know when to apply either approach,” one reader argues. Illustration by The Atlantic. Source: Gert Kreutschmann / Getty November 1, 2023, 10:31 AM ET Welcome to Up for Debate. Each week, Conor Friedersdorf rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week, I asked what you think about an argument between Petra and Rodrigo. (As a reminder: Petra thinks people should do their job, narrowly construed, as well as they can. CEOs should maximize profits. ER doctors should strive to save the life of every patient. Lawyers should do their best to represent every client. Scholars should publish their findings as accurately as possible. And parking-meter attendants should write citations without regard for who is getting them. Rodrigo thinks the world is better if everyone is not only doing their job, but taking a broader view. CEOs should feel a social …