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Does Unequal Mean Unfair

TX Yankee Wrote: Jun 16, 2012 8:50 AM
Family has two sons. One like to play in the mud with his Tonka trucks, the other prefers to put on High Tea for his Barbie doll collection. Parents, unable to get their light in the loafers son to play outside, decide the manly son must spend every other day playing dolls with his brother inside. Is that the fairness we all want?
If you and I have different incomes, is that unfair? Strange as it may seem, the chattering class is full of people who think equality and fairness are the same thing. Conversely, they assume that inequality of income is unfairness, per se.

In a study for the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), economist David Henderson demolishes this notion. Most inequality, Henderson shows, is the result of choices people make — including the choice to work — not the result of unfairness or accidental events over which people have no control.

For the moment,...