Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Wed Feb 9 20:50:27 2011

Working my way further through Hallaqの「Sharia: Theory, Practice, Transformations」, I liked his explanation of the moral foundations of zakāt(p231) (a particular kind of tax that is designed to be redistributive of wealth). In particular, I like the idea that it's based on a belief that "all things ultimately belong to God and that Muslims are the trustees of earthly wealth, accountable for the ways in which they dispose of it". This is parallel in most ways to my views on property, that it is actually owned by society and that ownership is a revocable privilege, with attendant responsibility. It may be irksome that they have an imaginary entity that acts (from my perspective) as a proxy for the good of society, but I think the basic idea that property is neither inalienable nor free of ethical obligations is sound.

It is not a difficult further step to conclude that when some do not have their basic/reasonable needs met, society should (withdraw/not extend further) privilege to those who are already living well.

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