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Probing questions

November 13, 1980

The answers to the following questions may reveal much regarding one’s social and economic views, one’s views of “justice"; etc.

Suppose that a farmer uses normal care and diligence in planting his crop.

(1)    If nature does not cooperate, and because of drought there is absolutely no crop, who should pay for the seed corn? Who should pay the farmer for his labor?

(2)    If nature is generous, and the crop is fifty per cent larger than any reasonable expectation, who is entitled to determine what is done with this “windfall” of wealth?