Poor and Poorer

In order to make a dramatic impact on inequality, government would have to do something about the fundamental causes: technology and marriage patterns. However, putting a brake on technological progress seems hardly feasible or desirable. And forcing people to select mates at random rather than on the basis of similar backgrounds and tastes seems similarly unlikely. As much as inequality may be a problem, no real solution is in sight.

via Inequality and the Sergey Brin Effect — The American, A Magazine of Ideas.

If you’re concerned about income inequality, the quoted article is a must read. It appears to me that if you want more equitable income distribution, you either have to make everyone poorer or make everyone a lot poorer.

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