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Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval by Kenneth Feinberg

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THE HOKIE SPIRIT MEMORIAL FUND
All Lives Have Equal Value
 
 
 
 
 
As we’ve seen, the tort system awards damages based on economic loss and pain and suffering. In one sense, this seems fair; the goal is to compensate for the measurable loss an individual or family experiences as a result of an unjust injury, thereby “making them whole” to the extent that money can do so. But in another sense this system feels unfair, violating core beliefs many of us share about the ultimate equality of all people. What about the argument that all lives should be valued the same, regardless of status or station? Can one design a credible, just compensation program in which the families of the waiter and the busboy receive the exact same payment as those of the ...

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