In this article we wonder how a person can discharge the political responsibility for supporting and benefiting from unjust social structures. Firstly, we introduce the concept of structural injustice and defend it against three possible objections: ‘explanatory nationalism’, a diachronic interpretation of the benefits of industry-led growth, being part of a social structure does not automatically mean being responsible for its negative consequences. Then, we hold that both Iris Marion Young’s ‘social connection model’ and Robin Zheng’s ‘role-ideal model’ provide clear indications on how to unload responsibility for supporting/participating in unjust social structures, but fail to explain how to get rid of responsibility for unjust enrichment. We maintain that both models should be complemented with a global redistributive scheme that allows to disgorge the benefits that are unfairly obtained in the global economic system, besides undertaking collective transformative actions and assuming ideal-role responsibilities.

Discharging the moral responsibility for collective unjust enrichment in the global economy

Corvino, Fausto
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Pirni, Alberto
2021-01-01

Abstract

In this article we wonder how a person can discharge the political responsibility for supporting and benefiting from unjust social structures. Firstly, we introduce the concept of structural injustice and defend it against three possible objections: ‘explanatory nationalism’, a diachronic interpretation of the benefits of industry-led growth, being part of a social structure does not automatically mean being responsible for its negative consequences. Then, we hold that both Iris Marion Young’s ‘social connection model’ and Robin Zheng’s ‘role-ideal model’ provide clear indications on how to unload responsibility for supporting/participating in unjust social structures, but fail to explain how to get rid of responsibility for unjust enrichment. We maintain that both models should be complemented with a global redistributive scheme that allows to disgorge the benefits that are unfairly obtained in the global economic system, besides undertaking collective transformative actions and assuming ideal-role responsibilities.
En este artículo nos preguntamos cómo puede una persona cumplir con la responsabilidad política de apoyar y beneficiarse de estructuras sociales injustas. En primer lugar, introducimos el concepto de injusticia structural y lo defendemos contra tres posibles objeciones: ‘nacionalismo explicativo’; una interpretación diacrónica de los beneficios del crecimiento impulsado por la industria; ser parte de una estructura social no significa automáticamente ser responsable de sus consecuencias negativas. A continuación, sostenemos que tanto el ‘social connection model’ de Iris Marion Young como el ‘role-ideal model’ de Robin Zheng proporcionan indicaciones claras sobre cómo cumplir con la responsabilidad de apoyar/participar en estructuras sociales injustas, pero no logran explicar cómo cumplir con la responsabilidad de un enriquecimiento injusto. Defendemos que ambos modelos deben complementarse con un esquema redistributivo mundial que permita desembolsar los beneficios obtenidos injustamente en el sistema económico global, además de emprender acciones colectivas de transformación y asumir responsabilidades de rol ideal,
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