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This, however, is not what Nagel’s argument needs. It needs an argument establishing that co-membership in a state is a necessary condition for establishing duties of egalitarian distributive justice. If the argument establishes only that it is a sufﬁcient condition his argument fails in a familiar way—a failure shared by the arguments of Miller and Blake. It fails to rule out the possibility that the global economic association generates duties of distributive justice. Moreover, by appearances the ﬁrst sentence is claiming that it is in virtue of their role as citizen-sovereigns that persons have standing to demand justiﬁcation.
In liberal societies membership in a church, for example, does not structure the background of one’s public relationships, although it might contingently be a source of signiﬁcant advantage.
And a thought experiment, which disqualiﬁed these kinds of reasons from entering the deliberative process, would be of great use in determining what equal respect requires. 46 We need not employ the Rawlsian original position globally, however, to discern, as I have tried to do here, an egalitarian tendency in the justiﬁcatory requirements of equal respect. At the level of basic principle, at least, equal respect requires an egalitarian commitment. A. 47 The two principles are indeed similar insofar as both purport that certain contingent circumstances of social life generate moral responsibilities.