Inequality by Design - The Inequality Reader Inequality by...

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The Inequality Reader Inequality by Design Inequality is not fated by nature, nor even by the “invisible hand” of the market; it is a social construction, a result of our historical acts. Americans have created the extent and type of inequality we have, and Americans maintain it. Who gets ahead and who falls behind in the competition for success? What determines how much people get for being ahead or behind? In significant measure, societies choose the height and breadth of their “ladders” The result is a society that is distinctively unequal. Many government programs affect inequality more directly through, for example, tax deductions, food stamps, social security, Medicare, and corporate subsidies. Educational policies strongly affect how much schooling children receive. We have been quick to seek explanations of our problems and failures in what we are instead of what we do We seem wedded to the belief that our situation is a consequence of our nature rather than of our historical acts.
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