Justice and luck

The current global polarisation and extreme political climate (see: Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Nicholas Maduro, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Rodrigo Duterte….) stem from people feeling miss-represented by their political officials.
The people who get to represent us, while having worked very hard to get where they are, also often benefit from a lot of luck, family support.

In a just world, everyone gets what they deserve, the wise lead, the braves protect the meek and happiness is aplenty. In a just world, no child ever goes to school hungry, eagerly hoping for the respite of the blessed lunch hour, no parent or elder child ever takes a mind-numbing job they hate just to sustain a family they love, no-one loses out on something because someone cut ahead of them in line and were too polite to protest.


Two weights used in justice. Image credit Romain Cazé CC-BY

Those are little injustices that happen all the time.

We need to recognise the impossibility and incoherence of a just world to realise that, maybe the prison inmate arrived there due to complex political-economic factors, as opposed to a deserving action, maybe the homeless drunk you see every day is not there because he gambled his money away but because a debilitating illness caused his firing and his only way of escape and release sloshes at the bottom of a bottle.

But I digress, accepting the impossibility of a just world and using a randomised system, while difficult to comprehend or philosophically accept because our understandable love of meritocracy (impossible in the face of an unjust world), might be the necessary change, not only to get a range of opinions into the political conversation (opinions, rarely represented) but might also help with the general feeling of dissatisfaction with the political system and as a result stop the mad race to extremes.

Thank you for reading,