A. Barton Hinkle on the Great Inequality Debate



In the East, Bill de Blasio won election as New York's new mayor on a promise to end economic inequalities. In the West, Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, won a seat on the Seattle City Council by campaigning for a $15 minimum wage. A. Barton Hinkles posits that correcting inequalities caused by system-rigging is desirable, but "correcting" (as opposed to merely alleviating) inequalities caused by merit-sorting would actually be unjust. It also would require creating an inequality of a different sort: the inequality of authority.