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Unpublished Paper
For Goodness’ Sake: A Two-Part Proposal for Remedying the U.S. Charity/Justice Imbalance
ExpressO (2015)
  • Fran Quigley
Abstract

The U.S. approach to addressing economic and social needs strongly favors individual and corporate charity over the establishment and enforcement of economic and social rights. This charity/justice imbalance has a severely negative impact on the nation’s poor, who despite the overall U.S. wealth struggle with inadequate access to healthcare, housing, and nutrition. This article suggests a two-part approach for remedying the charity/justice imbalance in the U.S.: First, the U.S. should eliminate the charitable tax deduction, a policy creation that does not effectively address economic and social needs, forces an inequitable poverty relief and tax burden on the middle class, and lulls the nation into a false sense of complacency about its poverty crisis. Second, the U.S. should replace the deduction with ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This two-part process would reverse the U.S. legacy of avoiding enforceable commitments to economic and social rights. Charity would take a step back; justice a step forward.

Keywords
  • International Covenant on Economic,
  • Social and Cultural Rights,
  • charitable tax deduction,
  • poverty
Publication Date
January 31, 2015
Citation Information
Fran Quigley. "For Goodness’ Sake: A Two-Part Proposal for Remedying the U.S. Charity/Justice Imbalance" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fran_quigley/4/