Are Justice and Inequality Compatible?

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Are Justice and Inequality Compatible?

Abstract

Equality and justice are certainly among the most basic of American ideals, yet the distribution of American income is severely unequal throughout the population. This brief attempts to decide whether or not this uneven distribution is fair, that is, whether it is compatible with justice. First establishing the liberal and conservative views on this point and then questioning what justice actually is, the brief ultimately asserts that real equality and justice could only exist in a world of equal opportunity.

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