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Recently I contributed to a volume on the philosophical foundations of labour law. Most contributors located our subject within the discourse of liberal democracy, using terms such as “distributive justice”, “non-exploitation”, “dignity”, “citizenship”, and “social inclusion”. If you have a good memory, you’ll recall that such terminology once commanded respect amongst intellectuals and policy makers, that they were endorsed across the political spectrum, that they enjoyed widespread, if not deep, public support, that they even inspired practical public policies. If you have a good memory you’ll remember all that.


This is a paper presented at the Law & Society Conference in Toronto, Canada on June 7, 2018.