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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

I feel like this question is conflicted on the issue of 'disproportionate' inequalities. To be clear, most academic and scientific experts are paid well, proportionately more than many other workers ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

I disagree with the premise that these two views are in some way contradictory or conflicting to hold at the same time. The alleged discrepancy you're pointing out, when you boil it down to its core, ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

Let me set Rawls to one side and bring Marx on stage. It may be a mistake to translate the complex, abstract idea of "equality" into the monetized value measurements of a modern economy. ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

1. It was never "your" income to begin with There is a key idea one should realize before going any further: there is no such thing as "your" income (unless you have earned it on ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

(From a utilitarian perspective.) There's a tradeoff here that arguably Rawls perspective doesn't fully recognize. It all comes down to the diminishing marginal utility of wealth. On the one hand, the ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

One important aspect is that people do not get rich because of hard work, people get rich because they take risks in business. Jeff Bezos is not extremely rich because he has worked hard. He is rich ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

By the logic of who contributes most to the group and/or society as a whole, if we acknowledge that some individuals contributes significantly more to society (based on their formally recognized ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

Something to think about is the distribution of the inequality matters. If you took the entire human population and graphed physical traits like height, weight, strength, you would see a normal ...
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Which distribution is allowed by Rawls's difference principle?

Technically, both are allowed. But that's not the real question here. The question is which scenario would be chosen in a Rawlsian Original Position. To decide that, I would argue, there isn't enough ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

An answer in response to the question's update. You are asking about an apparent contradiction in these two statements: We should listen to advice of "top experts" much more than others. It ...
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How can one argue against income inequality while defending achievement and expertise inequality - beyond invoking Rawls' difference principle?

Edit: I think this is a good answer, but not to OPs original question Haha. I went off on a bit of a tangent. Mea culpa. I will look at revising it tomorrow morning. A. We as a society do better if ...
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