Ayelet Shachar


On her book The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality

Cover Interview of August 27, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Citizenship as a special kind of property inheritance.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Birthright access to citizenship regulates, naturalizes, and legitimizes distinctions—not only between jurisdictions—but also between vastly unequal bequests.”

On the second:

“Many of the giants of social and political thought – from Adam Smith to John Stuart Mill, Ronald Dworkin to Robert Nozick – agree, from different ideological perspectives, that restrictions can (and should) be placed on the perpetual transfer of unearned entitlement.”