Category Archives: economic inequality

Big Data Accountability and the Challenge of Institutional Discrimination

Discrimination can include comments, actions or decisions that make people feel unwelcome or uncomfortable, based on their identity or ability. It can also include policies, rules, and ways of doing things that knowingly or unknowingly disadvantage some groups of people, … Continue reading

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Communities Must Strive to Restore the Concept of Freedom

Ongoing austerity and policies of uncertainty can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, unions, higher education, workers, students, poor minority youth, and any vestige of the social contract. While this position in fact … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Ethics, Morality and Inequality

Ethics is concerned with what is good for individuals and society and is also described as moral philosophy. Ethical comes from the Greek ethos “moral character” and describes a person or behavior as right in the moral sense – truthful, … Continue reading

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We Need to Change Our Beliefs in Order to Change Our Actions

The Declaration of Independence says that government has one primary purpose; that of protecting beliefs of the people that includes the unalienable right to freedom. Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism argues that the purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness, and that the purpose … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Existential Threats and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This analysis critiques the early response of the economic troika – the EU, China and US – to a threat. The RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security in the early 2000s ranked threats as existential, serious and nuisance. … Continue reading

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How Pandemics Can Create Change

The Black Death of the 14th century not only shook Italian society, but transformed it. It marked the end of an era in Italy and resulted in wide-ranging social economic, cultural and religious changes. This led to the emergence of … Continue reading

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Wages Stopped Rising: Unraveling the Libertarian Movement

The first well-developed statement of libertarianism, An Agreement of the People (1647), was produced by the radical republican Leveler movement during the English Civil Wars (1642–51). Presented to Parliament in 1649, it included the ideas of self-ownership, private property, legal … Continue reading

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Today’s Social Hierarchy Requires Reframing the Narrative on Inequality

Social mobility isn’t actually randomly distributed across society; it’s actually concentrated in a particular subgroup, and in particular it’s concentrated among those who are already fairly high up in the hierarchy. Social mobility, or movement up or down the social … Continue reading

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Ok Boomer: The Anger is About the Illusion of Choice

“Ok, Boomer” is a verbal eye-roll that expresses derision, frustration, and a subversive compliance. And it says something important about the newest generation of Americans: they’re worried. In particular, generation Z is worried about the future: their chances of economic … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Capitalism in America

A Shakespearean tragedy typically tells the story of a seemingly heroic figure whose major characteristic flaw causes his story to end in his tragic downfall. The elements of a Shakespearean tragedy can also include external conflict, internal conflict, manipulation and … Continue reading

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