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General Questions

What is inequality? What forms does it take?

What do you think causes inequality?

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14 thoughts on “General Questions

  1. Inequality by definition is when two things are different. Economical and Social inequality is what I’m assuming this blog is focusing on.

    It can take on many forms such as some countries being in poverty and other countries being rich and some individuals having a lot of money while others are poor.

    Inequality can sometimes be caused naturally and sometimes be caused by greed and ignorance.

    • But isn’t a lot of inequality structural. Is it really natural? Do we have to be unequal. Even if we do–what about the extend of our inequality.

  2. I started writing this post talking about how inequality was just difference and as such existed in the world and would always exist to some degree. I was going to go on to say that there are various levels of inequality but that we have passed the amount of inequality which is natural or acceptable in the world. However, as I wrote I reconsidered. I think it is more accurate, perhaps, to say that inequality has always existed if defined as natural difference, but that much of the inequality we see today and the inequality that is a problem in our world is difference created by a system or society. When differences are natural, i.e. intelligence or athleticism, to attempt to “level the playing field” or change who people intrinsically are is in the realm of dystopian science fiction. When differences are created by a class system or self perpetuating problems like poverty or hunger there is no such argument. It is not a part of evolution for there to be those differences, they do not exist in nature, at least not as a cause of the system as opposed to the individual. While yes, our existence as societies globally has moved us away from violence and towards a more stable existence we must be aware of and attempt to solve the problems and differences society creates. This then is the inequality of this blog and the inequality that we must deal with in our lives. Not the natural difference of the world, as I started to write, but the differences that are created and perpetuated by living in the way we do.

  3. Inequality is the difference between two things. It can be in many forms such as poverty, education,housing etc. There can be many things that causes inequality. Wars that happen in the past can have an outcome on the future and can change the way people live forever. Political powers may also cause things, by raising taxes and such when the population is struggling to survive. Having no education in some countries, is the main issue of inequality people are trying to change. By not having education they can not have the new generations be ready to survive on their owns without being educated they can not have jobs that will produce money and without money they can not survive in the world.

    • Your point about education is interesting. In the U.S., most people are only qualified for a well-paying job if they have at least recieved a college degree. Do countries that are traditionally more industrial or agricultural need to revert to a similar education-based system to eliminate inequality? What about people like Paris Hilton, who only has a GED but has more money than most people in the world? I think that an education stops being a useful tool in the fight for equality when a person is so privileged that they stop recognizing the importance of their education as tool to connect with people of different backgrounds

  4. inequality is the difference in between two peoples social and economic standing for example Mitt Romney and someone who is homeless living on the street in any city, there is a difference mainly for this example in the economic standing Mitt is much more wealthy then any homeless man. He has more money then he knows what to do with(Car elevator) and a large portion of our population doesn’t have enough to eat each day.

    I think the main cause of inequality is greedy peoples lust to gain even more then they already have when they do not need it.

  5. Inequality in my opinion is something that can take many shapes, sizes, and forms, being something that can be a person feeling as if they have power over another to health and wealth desparities of places like south africa. To pin it to one thing, i would have to say that it is a difference in an entity, human or buisness, it doesn’t matter, that has a difference in social or economic power. To me, the main cause of inequality can be attributed to human nature. Greed, self-presrevation, all sorts of things. The fact that something that might appear so little as money might be something to help preserve life can make human beings watn to hold on to such a thing for themselves.

    • What makes us feel self-empowered. Is it just money. Even if inequality is human nature, isn’t there some structural ways to mitigate it. Can changes be made to capitalism to make it less equal?

      • I would like to reply to your question… I am Spanish, so our capitalism is not as pure as yours. We have more social politics, although I should say in the past. Our current government is cutting the budget in fields we consider very important such as health and education. And I can assure you that this is increasing inequality.
        However, it seems that your government is taking the contrary direction, and I consider this positive.
        Excuse me if my English is not the best, corrections are welcome!

        • Thanks for writing! Do you think there is an alternative to austerity in Europe that would result in more, rather than less, equality? I would love to hear your thinking.

        • Thanks for joining our discussion! In what ways are these austerity measures affecting you personally? I consider myself to be very interested in issues of inequality, but sometimes they can be harder to understand without a more direct or personal connection.

  6. Inequality is the difference in socioeconimic status. A form of inequality that is certainly prominent in recent years and central to many political and civil uprisings is the inequalilty of access. The access that this is in relation to is access to a fundamental resource such as adequate nutrition, improved water source and healthcare. There are more inherent forms of inequality such as a difference in how we function as human beings and the different skills and qualities that make us unique and individual. I believe that this type of inequality is not only intrinsic in our society but necessary. The kind of inequality that we wish to discuss with this blog, however, is inequality created not by prexisting, inevitable and genetic differences but by a system that unfairly favors some and rewards exploitation. This is the kind of inequality that has a clear cause and aslo a clear but complex solution.

  7. Inequality is the difference between ways of life. People who live well and have lots authority are usually more respected then people who are un-wealthy or live in poor conditions. These people are considered unequal because of there economic situations. People can also be considered unequal because of race, gender, religion, or sexuality. Inequality happens when people view each other as less or more than others or themselves. Inequality is also caused by the way someone is raised. Opinions can be formed based on the upbringing and/or religion. When a child is taught something at a young age they usually continue believing it throughout their life.

    I am posting this comment for A.L.

  8. Inequality, as it is embodied in the present day world, is an imbalance of distribution of power and/or resources that leads to differing quality of life. Often it is in the form of the consequences of the actions of one person or demographic affecting the life of another person or demographic. I believe that it is often caused by longstanding prejudices or a lack of communication between the affected parties, which can enable them to forget about or somehow dehumanize one another. Inequality can become a much larger scale problem, with much more widespread effects, when it is built into governments and other systems of power. To overcome inequalities of such size, it takes a movement or rebellion of revolutionary proportions, powered not only by those who are negatively affected but with outside support as well. Two examples of such a movement are the United States’ Civil Rights movement, or the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

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