Res Publica

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 453–473 | Cite as

Karl Marx and Wilt Chamberlain, or: Luck Egalitarianism, Exploitation, and the Clean Path to Capitalism Argument

  • Paul Warren


This paper focuses on the claim that luck egalitarianism is incompatible with Marxian theory because it allows for the possibility of a ‘clean path’ to capitalism. It explores the nature and structure of the clean path argument generally and critically discusses luck egalitarian versions of the argument. It contends that the Marxian theory of exploitation can meet the challenge of the clean path to capitalism argument, that luck egalitarianism and the Marxian theory of exploitation are not incompatible, and that luck egalitarianism can explain why Marxian exploitation is unjust.


Luck egalitarianism Marxian theory of exploitation Capitalism Robert Nozick G. A. Cohen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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