Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Global Justice

  • Bruce M. Landesman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_94

The planet we inhabit has been divided into a large number of independent and sovereign states. Some are very rich and many of their inhabitants live well. They have copious material possessions, security, access to jobs, fundamental rights to life and liberty, effective government, relatively clean air and clean water, access to schooling, health care, transportation, and more. Other nations are so poor that for all but a small minority of their citizens, daily life is simply a struggle to survive, often a losing struggle. People live in dire poverty, cannot find decent housing, cannot put enough food on the table, dress their children adequately, send them to school, get adequate health care, etc. They often suffer from corrupt governments that fail to provide security from crime and violate their fundamental rights. They tend to be helpless in the face of disasters such as the South Asia tsunami and large earthquakes. There are also countries in the middle, not as rich as the rich...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce M. Landesman
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA