Certainly one the principles involved or at risk in this question of fairness is free enterprise.

Does fairness as defined by some, require the management of free enterprise in order to achieve some higher order of fairness?

In other words does free enterprise create unfairness that is unjust?

On this question it is hard to justify this supposition.  A good topic for the conclusion section.  Suffice it to say that freedom of exchange should not by itself create unfair and unjust outcomes. 


The value of free enterprise has nothing to do with money or wealth:   Link


Fairness Test: a modern day test of what is being done now.   And What is Fair?

SOTU Address:  fairness used extensively

Williams on Inequality: in professions

Critique of the Liberal View: answer to Krugman

Moral Basis for Fairness: a statement of ethics

Generosity Index:  how generous is the USA


We all learned early on in school that the Declaration of Independence claimed for each of us the unalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Note that the founders didn’t assert a right to be happy; such is the domain of tinpots and crackpots, of 1984’s “Ministry of Plenty” and Josef Stalin’s aggrandizing self-description as the Soviet Union’s “Constructor of Happiness.” So what, in practice, does this right to pursue happiness mean?
It means the right to define and earn our happiness through our ideas, hard work, and gumption, to earn our success by creating value honestly, in our own lives and in the lives of others. It doesn’t mean the pursuit of a big lottery win or an inheritance. Those bring money, but not happiness. And a mountain of evidence shows that after a fairly low threshold, more money doesn’t make us happier. The best case for free enterprise has nothing at all to do with money or material goods or wealth. Those are just icing on the cake. We must stop talking about free enterprise as just an engine of wealth creation. It’s much more than that.
In short, the secret to the pursuit of happiness is earning our own success; creating value with our lives and in the lives of others. This earned success is the fruit of hard work and just rewards in a system built on merit. Only in a free enterprise system is effort and innovation rewarded over connections and predation. (And this means that we have to draw a distinction between free enterprise, which is based on opportunity and competition between ideas, and corporate cronyism, which is just another form of statism masquerading as free enterprise.)



Declaration of Independence claimed for each of us the unalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”