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Redefining fairness

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By Seo Young-hoon

Imagine a town of a hundred people. There is a factory next to the town, which requires the work of all hundred residents. This town has followed the traditional desert-based distributive principle for decades, under which compensation for working is based on the effort and contributions of the laborers. Everyone received "fair" wages based on his or her work and managed to avoid hunger. One day, the factory owner implemented a high-tech robotic assembly line, which reduced the necessary labor force from one hundred to a mere five that would oversee the machines for any malfunctions. At the end of the month, the five workers earned higher wages than before, as the new robotic assembly line substantially increased the production efficiency and enabled massive profit. On the other hand, the 95 unemployed residents had no money and were subjected to hunger.

Based purely on the "fairness" defined by the desert-based distributive principle, it is acceptable for the 95 unemployed residents go without money or food because they did not contribute to the profit of the factory. Furthermore, any form........

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