Politicians and bureaucrats love to talk about involve themselves in attempts to fix inequality because it’s an open-ended task. For the bureaucrat, it’s job security. For the pol, there’s always something he can promise to fix if elected.

With the many varieties of inequality, a hard-working activist can always find his niche. Everyone knows about number sixteen, “Racial/ethnic/gender/sexual preference inequality.” Number four, “Inequality of money,” has been around for years and is a bit overplayed now. The inequality of God not looking with favor upon your offering goes so far back it doesn’t even have a number on the list. The green pastures are elsewhere.

There are emerging opportunities in #19, “Inequality of appearance (beauty, obesity, etc.)” In the near term, colleges should start expanding their offerings in lookism and appearance studies. Then longer term, Washington can establish a cabinet-level department to aid victims of the “inequality of having paid big bucks for a trash degree.” Remediation will be straightforward: employ them in that very department.


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  1. Number four is being refreshed and repackaged as “inequality of wealth.”

    That can be used to (hypothetical ahead) mean that someone who’s bankrupt and has zero resources besides a historical building in downtown Seattle– which cannot be altered without major legal action and has taxes out the ears– that is valued at a million dollars is “wealthier” than a middle class paycheck-to-paycheck guy whose yearly rent is less than the property taxes on the unsalable bit of land.

    The “wealth under their control” format is especially appealing because, if you’ve run up big credit card bills and school bills while storing away nothing, it gives you “claim” on those who didn’t— even if they were paid less and worked more than you did.

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