What is the strongest argument agains Rawls' theory of justice?

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The most common argument against Rawls' theory of justice is that made by David Lewis Schafer, who argued that his theory was more a manifesto of leftist political ideoogy than a serious work of political philosophy. Conservative critics also suggest that Rawls is skirting the fundamental issue of attaining social justice, which entails what they view as the injustice of confiscating wealth for redistribution. Others have suggested that self-interest, which they hold to be the basis for political decisions, is inseperable from knowledge of one's own condition. Rawls's argument for a heuristic "original condition" is, they argue, merely a justification for a conclusion that Rawls has already reached.


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