Who Gets What
Citing famous examples of disasters that involved extensive compensations for lost lives, livelihoods and ecosystems, a forefront lawyer who has been involved in the funds for victims of such tragedies as September 11 and the Virginia Tech massacre assesses the practical and … More »
Citing famous examples of disasters that involved extensive compensations for lost lives, livelihoods and ecosystems, a forefront lawyer who has been involved in the funds for victims of such tragedies as September 11 and the Virginia Tech massacre assesses the practical and philosophical challenges of monetary compensation.
Agent Orange, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech massacre, the 2008 financial crisis, and the Deep Horizon gulf oil spill: each was a disaster in its own right. What they had in common was their aftermath—each required compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, livelihoods wrecked, economies and ecosystems upended. In each instance, an objective third party had to step up and dole out allocated funds: in each instance, Presidents, Attorneys General, and other public officials have asked Kenneth R. Feinberg to get the job done.
In Who Gets What?, Feinberg reveals the deep thought that must go into each decision, not to mention the most important question that arises after a tragedy: why compensate at all? The result is a remarkably accessible discussion of the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth.
Explains the factors that are considered when calculating the compensation paid to the victims of such tragedies as 9/11, the Virginia Tech massacre, and the Deep Horizon oil spill and the philosophical issues and practical problems involved in the decision.
The professor, the judge, the lawyer and the senator -- Agent orange : compensation to promote victim solidarity -- The September 11 victim compensation fund : public compensation for a special group of victims -- The Hokie spirit memorial fund : all lives have equal value -- Paying Wall S treet executives : "I believe in you" -- Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico : "the perfect storm" -- Epilogue : "a sense of entitlement"
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