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Suppose the economists could precisely calculate each individualís happiness for different redistribution policies. Then you would be able to choose a policy that maximizes happiness for any population set. The question is how this set is to be chosen. Some people might argue that you need to include all citizens in it. Others may argue for a less inclusive set (for example, excluding criminals and people unwilling to work). The set can also be extended to all humans or even animals.

Do you have a suggestion how this set can be objectively chosen?






The practical choice is to choose by popular vote of citizens. Or have a court rule that all citizens have to be weighted equally, also fairly likely. Either way will probably generate a pretty good outcome and not start a war.
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