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Can the Unjust Be Rectified Robert Nozick in his essay Rights and the Entitlement Theory discusses the rights of individuals and just acquisition He makes it clear that these rights andor acquisitions cannot be taken away by anyone either by an individual or by a collective identity such as the state Individual people and the state have an obligation to not interfere with ones rights or just acquisitions As long as one does not interfere with anothers life and intrinsic rights then no one else shall interfere with anothers life it is a reciprocal obligation Furthermore the government should be involved minimally in the life of the individual According to Nozick the state should be limited to the narrow functions of protection against force theft fraud enforcement of contracts and so onp 210 Also according to Nozick each individual has the right to choose what to do with what one has as long as it was acquired justly Therefore if a freely organized group of people owned a communal house assuming they acquired it justly what would give anyone else the right to take it away and redistribute it And moreover in this specific instance what other rights andor just acquisitions are violated In 1993 the administration at Denison University decided to make the fraternity houses non-residential Fraternity members that had acquired the houses justly would no longer be able to live in them I believe the acquisition of the houses from one generation to the next was just because initially someone financed the house and then through initiation to the fraternity and thus through a belief in the fraternitys ideals they earned residency in the house Moreover they paid for utilities upkeep and basic needs of the house Despite this just acquisition the school or government in this example according to Nozick unjustly took back the houses This leads to the essay A Theory of Justice by John Rawls In his essay Rawls discusses
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