The decent society is a necessary prelude to a just society according to Margalit, and a decent society is one that does not humiliate those who depend on it. Humiliation occurs when someone dependent on a state or a group is considered outside the boundary of concern, and treated as less than those who consider themselves members of that state or group. Margalit examines unemployment and prisoners in his exposition of humiliation and decency, and in his pursuit of justice. A fascinating and friendly read, on the easily comprehensible side of political philosophy, with an approach applicable to relationships and social goods as areas of concern.