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May 5, 2015

Opportunity, Inequality, Public Opinion, and Power

To the extent that we share national values, they tend to lean more towards equal opportunities than equal outcomes. The thing is, these two phenomena are linked, and likely not just through correlation, but through causation. That means that we can't increase opportunity without reducing inequality. Though I've made this point a lot lately, I've got good reason to do so. First, there is a theme, if not a meme (not totally sure of the difference; maybe the latter is a theme amplified on the internet), developing among candidates for president, especially among the many Republicans, that what matters is opportunity, not inequality. Second, the evidence keeps building for this connection.

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