"Equality is like giving every runner the same-size shoes. Some pairs fit well and others don't. That means some runners will probably do better in the race than others. Equity is like providing shoes that fit each runner equally well."
"The equality is like Adam Smith's liberty, negative in character. Remove obstructions and men are free; remove their differences they are equal."
"The past haunts the present.
Your bedroom floor doesn't stop being dirty just coz you stopped dropping food all over the carpet. Creating equality is like staying clean: it takes work. And it's always a work in progress."
The link is a metaphor worksheet. I doesn't give answers but ask questions.
"Inequality is like cinnamon. A little spices life up. But we are at cinnamon-challenge levels of inequality over here!"
"Economic inequality is like blood pressure: Too high could mean disaster; too low and the economy, or the patient, is sluggish."
This article should be read.
"How much inequality is too much remains a difficult question
to answer, and is clearly linked to particular economic,political and cultural circumstances, but this research has at least given investors cause to consider the question.
James Galbraith suggests a biological metaphor: inequality is like blood pressure. When too high, blood pressure is a potential cause of harm to the body, and a potential sign of other
troubling activity in the system."
"Ultimately, inequality is like industrial pollution. You can never have zero. Indeed, some inequality is desirable as it spurs hard work, innovation and entrepreneurship. But there is such a thing as too much inequality. It suffocates. That's when we need ..."
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