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The second is outcome equality. A rule that permits outcomes that deviate from equality will tend to be rejected by those who might be placed in inferior positions (relative to others) according to the rules. This presumption in favor outcome equality is neutral with respect to whether inequalities of condition that are important for distributive justice are most plausibly taken to be, say, either goods and resources or capabilities. Among non-compatriots who are associates in an economic association, the presumption against outcome inequality is directed to inequalities of condition that are material to the goods that that association distributes.

And, rules that assign benefits and burdens differentially will tend to be rejected, depending, of course, on the criteria of assignment and the constraints on consent. There are two aspects of the presumption for equality. The first is procedural equality. A proposal for a set of rules that allows for unequal protection of persons under the operation of other rules, or unequal powers of persons to operate the rules, will tend to be rejected by those who might be rendered vulnerable or weak by the set of rules.

The facts are so grim that justice may be a side issue. Whatever view one takes of the applicability or inapplicability of standards of justice to such a situation, it is clearly a disaster from a more broadly humanitarian point of view. 35 Nagel does not discuss in great detail what he takes to be the difference between duties of humanity and duties of justice. He says only that, ‘Humanitarian duties hold in virtue of the absolute rather than relative level of need of the people we are in a position to help.

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