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Insightful weekly commentary on news & current events from economist Antony Davies and political scientist James R. Harrigan.

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David Schmidtz on Equality and Justice

January 29, 2020

When most people say, “equality,” they mean income equality. Economists draw a finer distinction between income equality and wealth equality. Political scientists draw an even finer distinction between economic equality and equality under the law. Philosophers distinguish even more finely, looking at equality of opportunity and equality of outcome, and examining how equality itself is one of several elements that comprise justice.

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