Income inequality, autonomy, etc.


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Kyle says:

    Before I make what may be a trite comment let me say, I think Wilkinson makes some great points and particularly agree with Rortybomb’s emphasis on autonomy.

    However, how much do we talk about or consider the underlying assumptions in arguments about income inequality and social justice? In large part they rest upon the assumption that having more money means having more options, having more things and somehow more things and more options are correlated to happiness and an improved or ideal life.

    Not to diss the all important Protestant work ethic/rags to riches American dream but isn’t the emphasis on money = things = happiness troublesome, if admittedly less troublesome than hunger or homelessness?Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to Kyle says:

      I think that’s a very good point, once you cross a certain material threshold. At lower incomes, though, money and materialism are far more consequential to everyday survival/happiness/etc.Report