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Coming soon: “A Theory of Justice: The Musical.”

This could be the next “Hamilton”-sized Broadway smash, assuming that John Rawls, the ex-Episcopalian philosopher of social democracy, is played as a rapping black guy.

$900 tickets, here we come!

But if I had to choose from behind Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance, would I choose to be born into a world so economically unequal that somebody thought it seemed like a good idea to mount “A Theory of Justice: The Musical”?

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  1. MBlanc46 says:

    This can’t be real. Please tell me that these are the jokes.

  2. guest says:

    Is fairness
    And fairness
    Is ju-ustice

    Words interchangeably mixed
    Made of contradictory
    Elements, which don’t exist:
    Liberty and equality,
    I mean, c’mon!
    Who we foolin’, John?

    • LOL: Lockean Proviso
  3. Lagertha says:

    assuming this is a spoof?

  4. But if I had to choose from behind Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance

    Rawl’s Veil was based on thinking that (1) the universe is completely defined by physics, chemistry, biology and location, (2) you are accidentally born into circumstances you do not deserve (where deserve is meaningless given (1) but hey, WTF), and (3) (wave magic wand) therefore we need Leftism to make us all equal this side of the Veil.

    But then there is Rawls on immigration. Will that make it into the play?

    • Replies: @International Jew
  5. anonymous[751] • Disclaimer says:


    A serious critic from the left of Rawls titled a book, “If you’re an egalitarian, how come you’re so rich?”

    His liberal, Rawlsian friends say its about institutions and not personal conduct but he doesn’t see the moral distinction for someone who says he is personally an egalitarian

  6. Anon[352] • Disclaimer says:

    So Plato, Socrates, Hobbe, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Kant, …

    … and Wollstonecraft?

    Where is the great black philosopher?




    John Rawls, a young Harvard philosophy professor and liberal hero
    Fairness, a beautiful Harvard student and Rawls’s muse
    Robert Nozick, the libertarian villain and Harvard professor
    Ayn Rand, an evil Objectivist philosopher and Nozick’s lover

    Main Philosophers

    Plato, an Ancient Greek ventriloquist artist
    Socrates, Plato’s doll
    Thomas Hobbes, a brutish English civil-warlord
    John Locke, a more civil English civil-warlord
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a dashing revolutionary
    John Stuart Mill, the Utilitarian Barbershop Quartet lead
    Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist extraordinaire
    Karl Marx, a crazy homeless man
    Immanuel Kant, a deontological fairy godmother

    Supporting Cast

    Harvard University students: Brian, Jeremy, Stuart, Jack, Carla, Joan, Mary
    Zeno, an eccentric greek philosopher
    Greek Chorus: Glaucon, Adeimantus, Thrasymachus, Aristotle
    Lockean henchmen: Algernon Sidney, James Tyrrell
    Hobbesean henchmen: Robert Filmer, Jean Bodin
    Geneva Gaoler
    Nozick’s dancing showgirls, Transfer and Acquisition
    Utilitarian Barbershop Quartet: Jeremy Bentham (bass), James Mill (baritone), Henry Sidgwick (tenor)
    Feminists: Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett
    Heavenly Chorus (voices behind the veil of ignorance)

  7. Clyde says:

    Check out the wiki–!
    This musical was last produced in 2013 and is a bit like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  8. As if he and his legions needed a Veil!

  9. Whiskey says: • Website

    Music by Lou Rawls? You’ll Never Find?

  10. guest says:

    Don’t want to further crowd a crowded field, but I want to see Isaiah Berlin acting and singing like Irving Berlin.

    Also, might as well throw Nietzsche in considering he’d be one of the few anyone’s actually read.

  11. Kylie says:

    “Rebuke of Locke and Hobbs”. Why couldn’t Lennon/McCartney come up with something this catchy?

  12. the only musical about justice that matters

    • Agree: Desiderius
  13. @guest

    Kant doesn’t make me say, “Oh, boy, this should be entertaining.”

  14. There is also an alt-Rawlsian philosophy: life is a Gamble, life is a Huff, but you’ll never find another love like mine.

  15. @Steve Sailer

    Kant doesn’t make me say, “Oh, boy, this should be entertaining.”

    Kant never traveled more than 60 miles from his birthplace. Which is now known as Kaliningrad. So he only saw what is today Russia, and maybe Lithuania and Poland.

    He made the Wallace/Wallechinsky list of notable men who died virgins.

  16. @guest

    Also, might as well throw Nietzsche in considering he’d be one of the few anyone’s actually read.

    Plus, the costume people could have fun with the epic mustache.

  17. Lot says:

    Immanuel Kant: The Musical – Featuring Blink-182

    He can’t wait, till he gets home, to pass the time in his room alone!

    Buy your tickets now: get WOKE from your dogmatic slumbers.

    Starring Idris Elba as Kant.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  18. guest says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You mean the guy who probably died a virgin and sat alone in a tower (not technically made of ivory) all day?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  19. a2thinked says:

    Habermas and the Germans shout their disagreement with Rawls in endless ‘rational discourse’ of course, of course – the famous Mister Ed. And that’s how we got here. Did you know Kant is pronounced C*nt? Hope the word’s in the show a lot.

  20. Anon[393] • Disclaimer says:

    Elite white playbook:

    Rule 1) Blame non-elite whites for everything we and our ancestors did into perpetuity. Make non-elite whites suffer diversity so we and our offspring never have to. Always constantly accuse non-elite whites of racism and the cause of all economic, social, and penal disparities.

    Media is ours, academia is ours, lets go sell it to anything with eyes and ears…….even though its a lie.

    Thats what we are faced with. There is no plan B.

  21. @guest

    Sounds more entertaining than Kant.

  22. Life imitates art: Art shits on life.

  23. @Cortes

    Can we somehow work John Cleese into the cast? He’d be a great Judge.

  24. @Anon

    Shouldn’t Hume fit in somewhere?

  25. @Anon

    Non-Elite playbook:


    2)Sing in unison:”THIS LAND IS OURS!!!!”….by the late Ian Stuart Donaldson…..RIP….

  26. Don’t forget the Australian University Philosopher’s Drinking Song:

    Kant…Kant…Kant was a real piss ant…

  27. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s mummified body in a chair is rolled out of a closet at the beginning every University College London Philosophy Department meeting…severed dried out mummified head between his feet….(google images…)

    I think this has great potential for a Broadway Musical:”Bentham on Parade!!!!”

    That whacky Father of Utilitarianisms had a whacky sense of humour…

    Bentham’s severed head has been on publick display in NYC in the past…..

  28. @War for Blair Mountain

    Since I be on the topic of the severed heads of Utilitarian Economists:

    The late Julian Simon at death had his shinny bald head severed from his head…and then cryogen gas frozen along with his body……in a nice comfy cryogen tube……

  29. @War for Blair Mountain

    If the techno singularity jibber jabber of Andrew Yang….another utilitarian economic TRUE BELIEVER….ever comes true……

    Julian Simon’s severed head and body are thawed out…reconnected….The Cryogenic Company uses it’s SATANIC REANIMATING BLACK MAGIC and revives open-borders-Julian Simon….

    A year later….a new Broadway musical opens up:”IT LIVES!!!!!!!”….

  30. I’m having trouble with these old reading glasses; does that billboard say “London WOKEshop Cast 2018”? Quite apropos…

  31. peterike says:

    Well based on this brief trailer, it seems to be the musical equivalent of a dentist’s drill.

  32. @Steve Sailer

    Kant doesn’t make me say, “Oh, boy, this should be entertaining “

    You’ll sing a different tune, Steve, when you’ve seen a performance of “Critique of Pure Reason: The Musical”–featuring, of course, an all-Black cast.

  33. Anonymous[147] • Disclaimer says:

    Lou Rawls as John Rawls. But Lou is dead. Better than Rap.

  34. Anonymous[147] • Disclaimer says:

    Allan Bloom might have had even more success had he turned Closing of the American Mind into a Rock Album with songs like ‘Stones Suck’ and ‘Nietzsche was a Bitche’.

    That could be the future of academics. Performance Scholars, not much different from Performance Artist. Cornel West has already done this to some degree. And black contribution to college debating is more performance than logic.

    Instead of dissertation, a disco-rtation. It maybe one way to keep Asians down in the academia since they lack spice and pepper.

    Or maybe scholars can link up with musical talents and produce their works in tune format.
    Just like music composers hire lyricists to provide the words, scholars can hire song-smiths to put their ideas into songs. Steve Pinker raps. Charles Murray croons. David Reich rocks. Camille Paglia punks… but then she is already a Performance Scholar who took cues from Joan Rivers.

  35. Anonymous[364] • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t expect much sense from critics. Much of criticism is like agit-prop or crit-prop.

    Even worthless movies or plays or books will be praised for PC-mon points.

  36. @Charles Erwin Wilson 3

    But then there is Rawls on immigration. Will that make it into the play?

    Of course not. If anything, his comments on immigration would cause him no end of trouble in his career. He’s lucky he’s dead.

    And just to make it easier for everyone else to catch your point, here’s the definitive citation to Rawls’ ideas on immigration:

  37. @Reg Cæsar

    If he’d lived through the 1940s, he’d have had as exciting a life as anyone could wish, without ever leaving Königsberg.

    He might not have died a virgin either (provided some fraction of those rampaging Russians in 1944-5 were gay).

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  38. vinteuil says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Oh c’mon – who could possibly resist *The transcendental deduction of the categories – the musical* – let alone *The paralogisms of pure reason – nines version?*

  39. @Reg Cæsar

    It is written: Natalie Wood but Immanuel Kant.

  40. John Rawls, the ex-Episcopalian philosopher

    The path well trod by generations of would-be Emersons.

    Along with the preferential option for the poor, the veil of ignorance appealed to those who chafed at the bonds of traditional morality and sought some plausibly deniable means to give it a good Cloward-Pivening.

    Unsurprisingly, this made, and makes, it irresistible to many of our ruling class erstwhile Überfrauen.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  41. @International Jew

    I wonder how much of his childhood Kant wasted walking around the Seven Bridges of Königsberg before Leonhard Euler concluded they couldn’t be traversed in succession, when Kant was 12.

    “Immanuel, it Kant be done!”

  42. @Desiderius


    I’d go with Lyftfrauen myself.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  43. @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t know man, the mustache is pretty gross.

  44. Zippy says:

    What’s weird about this is that “A Theory of Justice” kind of goes against the current zeitgeist. The whole concept of “the original position” is to strip away things like race and gender, to define The Good Society in terms of wholly abstract principles. These neutral abstract principles run completely contrary to the sort of Who-Whom reasoning — if you call it “reasoning” — that are now so ubiquitous.

    It’s also an example of the decline of American intellectual discourse. Say what you want about Rawls, he was a genius, and you had to be pretty smart to get what he was saying. Now . . .

  45. ChrisZ says:

    You composed (and formatted!) this whole ingenious comment—and then signed it Anon?! You must be writing from the Original Position. 😉

    Pick a phony name already. You’d be a commenter to look out for.

  46. Anon5 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Surely you love this song?

  47. @Lot

    This might be funnier if I knew Blink-182. But I’m glad I don’t. What a fucking waste, modern times.

    • Replies: @Lot
  48. Lot says:

    I liked Blink-182 when I was 13, which is right in their targeted demo.

    They did lighthearted 90s pop punk somewhat like Green Day, and spawned a lot of imitation, including Sum-41, who even ripped off their monosyllable + number name.

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