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    Raising the Issue: Inherited Wealth Explains Little About Income Distribution

    No, I?m not going to buy your recasting of the ?Two Americas? dichotomy as having to do with inherited, and thus presumably unearned, wealth. For one thing, focusing on those who inherit as somehow lacking the right to that wealth is to put the emphasis in the wrong place. What…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Promoting ?Envy? or Simple Fairness?

    Okay John, let me get this straight. ?envy? really means ?wrongfully desiring and trying to acquire.? I guess I?ll buy that. Where I lose you is when you make the remarkable philosophical leap to the conclusion that the enormous wealth controlled by America?s economic elite is all the byproduct of…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: ?Two Americas? politics is an appeal to envy and class warfare ? really

    Rob, the sinfulness (or inadvisability, for the seculars out there) of envy has nothing to do with capitalism, the profit motive, or the free market. The Hebrew word used in the Ten Commandments in ?hamad,? which in context should be interpreted as meaning ?wrongfully desiring and trying to acquire.? In…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: On Envy and Class Warfare

    I have always been tremendously amused by the conservative argument that proponents of democratic action to check the inequality that almost always accompanies a market economy are selling ?envy? and ?class warfare.? This is particularly true when such arguments are cloaked in the guise of sober, religious admonitions about not…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: Edwards? ?Two Americas? Appeal to Envy Won?t Sell

    The temptations to envy a neighbor?s success and to use coercive means to acquire the earnings or possessions of others are deeply rooted in human nature. There is no question about that. Most of the world?s great religions warn against giving into these temptations, as Jews and Christians are instructed…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    Raising the Issue: ?Two Americas, Two North Carolinas?

    Raising the Issue: The ?two Americas? theme may or may not be politically correct in 2004, but it embodies an essential truth that the Democrats should keep pounding. Dear John: With less than four months to go until election day, it seems clear that the national political debate can really…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    The Onion writes the story others won’t

    “University Implicated in Degrees-for-Payment Scheme”, reads the satirical journal’s headline. The scheme entails the university “grant[ing] academic degrees to students in exchange for hefty payments, often totaling tens of thousands of dollars. In the process, thousands of graduates have emerged with degrees, but few or no skills applicable to…
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004
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    More unfortunate headlines

    Latest from the unfortunate headline department: ?Future of quarter midget race track still uncertain? Salisbury Post today. Insert whatever size joke you wish, but try to keep it on the up-and-up. ?Candidate support could sway election? Morganton News Herald, Monday. Seems like a safe bet.
    Locker Room contributor, July 14, 2004