This week during lecture we began looking at one particular public issue: Inequality. Based on the ideas presented in the course readings and the points made during lecture, here are two sets of questions for you to write about:
In “The 1 percent’s Problem” and “The Pitchforks are Coming” various arguments are presented which situate socioeconomic inequality as a social problem. Focus on 1-2 of the arguments from the readings that you personally find most compelling (for example, “the fairness problem”). Briefly outline these arguments and evaluate them. Are these valid reasons for why inequality matters? Why or why not?