Lecture 16 Mar 27

Lecture 16 Mar 27 - o Requiring all contractors to develop...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 16 March 27, 2007 Opportunity Opportunity from the founding of America has been extremely unequal o Benjamin Franklin wanted to keep Africans out of America as he liked the “complexion of his country” Homestead Act: May 20 th , 1862 o Act to secure homesteads to actual settlers on the public domain o Over 120 years of Homestead Act more than 2 million individuals applied for deeds but only about 800,000 settlers actually received the deeds. Elements of Equality of Opportunity o Access Lack of discrimination (affirmative action?) Immigration o Basic resources/Capacities Education o Mobility Equality of Opportunity? o Affirmative action: “It is the policy of the Government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all qualified persons.”
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Unformatted text preview: o Requiring all contractors to develop “an acceptable affirmative action program,” including “an analysis of areas within which the contractor is deficient in the utilization of minority groups and women.” • The Justification of Meritocracy o The Instrumental View: Actions are rewarded for the good they do, and a system of remunerating the activities that generate good consequences will produce a better society o The Intrinsic View: Actions are judged and …??? • Mobility (income, occupation, wealth) o Absolute mobility Do you experience real gains? o Relative mobility Do you move up relative to others? o Intergenerational mobility Do you move up relative to your parents?...
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