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Der aktuelle Gerechtigkeitsdiskurs und der globale Patrimonialismus

The article deals with the problem of social justice. Justice is generally regarded as the first virtue of social institutions. Any political society may be more or less just. The contemporary theory of justice is comprised of a number of competing doctrines belonging to John Rawls, Robert Nozick, David Gouthier and some other. In this article I use the theory of justice as an instrument for the analysis of the social realations in Russia. I hold, that we have got a very specific justice in Russia, which may be intitled as a patrimonial justice. The patrimonial justice is a hierarchycal one. To some extent many of the traditional Russian problems, such as corruption are related to the specificity of the Russian justice. At the same time there are some indications that the values of equality and freedom, constituting the core of liberal values are on the brink of extinction not only in Russia but even in the West. There is every reason to believe that the global society, which slowly emerge, has a tendency to become a society of global patrimonialism. This is a dangerous tendency and something must be done to prevent it from coming true