An Analysis Of Donald Trump's Veil Of Ignorance

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7. Donald Trump has promised since day one of his bid to become president, that he would build a wall between the Mexican/American borders, and stop the flow of illegal immigrants once and for all. From a philosophical principle Trump is applying the teachings of Stuart Mills idea of the greater good, or utility, but also using the “Veil of Ignorance” among his supporters to get what he wants. Using Mills idea to of a greater good, Donald Trump is skewing it as a utility for the greater good of the United States. Trumps campaign slogan during the 2016 presidential election was “Make America Great Again”, one the aspects Trump attacked that made America not great. Was the presence of illegal aliens, mostly from Mexico who had border jumped …show more content…
The Veil of Ignorance, proposed by John Rawls, does not allow people to use their advantages, or suffer from their disadvantages. Everyone has to act impartially, out of fear they will be disadvantaged by the rules. From the mutual commitments the U. S. and its allies have made mutual commitments that Donald Trump has gone back on these commitments, pulling the United States out of them. Trump has cast his own Veil of Ignorance in not holding to these commitments, when the United States has been a part of them for years, is unethical. Trumps Veil of Ignorance can be based on the idea that he is more committed to solving the United States problems on the home front, and not on a global scale which will eventually come back to bite him. The Veil of Ignorance for Trump is that he isn’t willing to accept the outcome of his choices. In the past decade the world has entered into the idea of globalization, where the world is connected more than every before, not just through technology but also politically. Especially with Trump becoming the next President, whatever happens in Russia will in turn effect the United States under Donald Trump? Because of Trump unethically withdrawing from previous commitments, Trump is undoing years of work done by previous Presidents and not thinking of the long term problems that will happen because of his …show more content…
Aristotle’s idea on virtue, being that to be good one must be virtuous in all things. Not being a coward and not expecting a reward for what they do, because it is the right thing to do. As President of the United State, Donald Trump will need to believe what he is doing is good, not just for America, but good in general. Following on that, Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative, that as President, Trump will have to act and make decisions. He cannot just wait for other things to happen. As president he must speak softly and be willing to use the big stick if need be, and let history be the judge of his actions. Through Mills philosophical concept of utility, Trump will need to think on the utility of the United States first, and the rest of the world second. Based on the philosophers we learned about in class, Trump would not follow the ideas of John Rawls. Being a politician and also being a leader, Trump won’t be able to be fair. In order for him to make a decision someone will have to win, and someone will have to

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