In his inaugural address on January 20, 1993, President Clinton stated "But for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other." He may have been commenting primarily upon the fortuitous consequences of our efforts, but the statement also reflects an understanding of the fate involved in our ability to make those efforts.
One of the consequences of adopting the determinist view is that it helps to eliminate the "them versus us" attitude which is far too prevalent in discussions of public assistance.
I hope that readers will, at this point, see the merits of the determinist argument. It just makes sense. It is one of those views which many don't want to believe because it does not coincide with the way in which we wish to view ourselves (and perhaps others). Nonetheless, there are always some things we want to believe and others we should believe. 60
In Chapter1 I developed a concept of justice which incorporated the determinist view. This notion of justice will form the basis for a proposal for a major change in our economic structure. A major basis for my proposal is a desire to see that every American has the opportunity to feel good about him or herself because she or he has an income provided, without discrimination, solely as a recognition of his or her worth as a human being.