"I start by looking at the way the world is organized today. It resembles feudalism. Being born into the United States rather than the Congo is like being born into the nobility rather than the peasantry in the Middle Ages. This completely random factor dramatically advantages and disadvantages people. Everyone thinks feudalism was wrong. Why should some people receive special social status just by birth? But If feudalism was wrong, why doesn’t the same sort of objection apply to the way we have organized the world today? What we have to recognize is that the basic way in which the world is organized today is not natural. It is a human construction. And we have to think about whether or not this is a fair way to organize the world, because it can be organized differently." - Joseph Carens, Nov. 29, 2013.