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Unformatted text preview: The first principle of inequality is as follows: inequality permeates all aspects of life. This means that if an individual possesses a characteristic that puts him or her at a disadvantage in relation to other people, that disadvantage will negatively affect him or her on many different levels. For example, if a person is considered unattractive, that characteristic will create a halo effect. The unattractive person will be less likely to succeed than an attractive one not just in his or her social life, but also in his or her career aspirations and economic standing. Conversely, an attractive person will likely experience more success in these areas. Other status characteristics that, like beauty, can benefit or hinder achievement are race, gender or socioeconomic status. The second principle of inequality states that inequality is a byproduct of a social system. It is not, as some free-market proponents argue, inherent in society. (class notes) These free-market apologists believe that in an unregulated society, the more intelligent individuals will prevail and...
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- Spring '08