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7 Libertarian Papers 55 (2015)
Wilt Chamberlain Revisited Revisited: Interpretive, Practical, and Theoretical Problems for Fried's Left-Lockeanism

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                        LIBERTY FvITZ-CLARIDGE*

    I.      Introduction
      THE   ARGUMENT     NOZICK    ILLUSTRATES with    his famous Wilt
Chamberlain (WC) scenario' aims to discredit the case for patterned
distribution of wealth-that is, cases where the state redistributes the existing
holdings of its subjects according to one or more of its own criteria. Nozick
first asks us to imagine the distribution stipulated by our favourite patterned
conception of distributive justice.2 He then imagines that Wilt Chamberlain, a
popular basketball player, makes a contract with a team under which he plays
in the team's games for one year and receives twenty-five cents from the
price  of each   ticket in  compensation. One     million people   attend
Chamberlain's games, so he ends up with $250,000. The distribution no
longer matches the favoured distribution with which the example started.
And yet, the following are also the case: (1) All persons in our scenario were
entitled to their holdings at the starting point. (2) Intuitively, being entitled to

    *Liberty Fitz-Claridge (libertyfitzclaridgeggmail.com) is a student at University
College London. I would like to thank David Deutsch, Sam Waters, and two anonymous
referees for their patience in reading and commenting on earlier drafts of this article.
    Liberty Fitz-Claridge. 2015. Wilt Chamberlain Revisited Revisited: Interpretive,
Practical, and Theoretical Problems for Fried's Left- Lockeanism. Liberaran Papers. 7 (1):
55-69. ONLINE AT: libertarianpapers.org. THIS ARTICLE IS subject to a Creative Commons
Attribution 3.0 License (creativecommons.org/licenses).
    1 Nozick, 1974: 160-4.
    2 Ibid.: 160.

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