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How does antisemitism differ from racism?

The easy answer is the same reason that any language has a word: it serves a useful function. English had a lot of words for rain because it rains a lot in England, and the words used differentiate ...
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Why is "Equal Pay for Equal Work" regulation controversial?

"women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men" "You're gonna make the same if you do as good a job." These statements are controversial because they are ...
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What purpose does economic inequality (inequality in wealth) serve?

The conservative view on this topic is that wealth inequality allows to create incentive systems which encourage people to contribute to society in order to increase their wealth. In other words: ...
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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

I think that Frank Herbert's points were these: Everyone is different, with different varying abilities. You might be good at math, I might not be. I might learn by doing, you might learn by ...
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Why are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark among the countries with the largest wealth gaps in the world?

There's an interesting, if long, paper on that topic. The paper specifically focuses on the Netherlands, but a lot of the arguments are applicable to other modern welfare countries. The authors ...
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What does the term "White Privilege" mean?

White privilege is an academic concept that has recently been brought into the mainstream discourse by social media campaigns and movements like Black Lives Matter. It's basically a theory that white ...
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Why is the gender pay gap quoted at 20% even though it's lower when controlling for variables?

What this question seems to ask is why the unadjusted gender pay gap is often cited (which just compares the national average incomes of men and women) when we also have an adjusted gender pay gap ...
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

According to western moral values, the two examples are not similar. There is the belief in many western countries that certain clothing is degrading for people who have to wear it, specifically the ...
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What does the term "Equity" mean, in "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"?

There's an excellent write up on equity vs equality on this international women's day page. The clearest picture example included is this one for giving everyone bicycles. In the second picture the ...
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What does the term "White Privilege" mean?

The clearest way to understand white privilege is as a set of hardships that white Americans are less likely to experience than those of other races (other factors like income being equal). Everyone, ...
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How does social inequality differ from wealth inequality? (In a society with capitalism-esque ideals)

The difference is in the class mobility offered by the systems. Being in a particular social class gives you access to that class's resources because people discriminate based on classes. In the ...
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Can a reduction of employer taxation lead to more equal income?

It is a complicated question. The answer to your title question is: no, it usually wouldn't lead to more equal income. It was tried multiple times, the result is always the same: employers keep the ...
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Why is the gender pay gap so large in the United States despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963?

Why is the gender pay gap so large in the United States despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963? Because it isn't. In short, the much-cited "77 cents" figure is from the "lies, big lies, and ...
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

One it's face both laws seem similar -- requirements on what women can wear. But when examined there are many differences: The French law allows women a great range in clothing, whereas the Afghan ...
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Why are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark among the countries with the largest wealth gaps in the world?

For this admittedly older OECD page: Inequality of disposable income in the Netherlands is relatively low from international perspective, with a Gini coefficient of 0.28 in 2013, compared with 0....
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

+1 Probably the well-known tendency of people to see faults in others that they do not see in themselves. France's, and subsequently Quebec's - not Canada's - , curbing of Islamic dress is often ...
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What purpose does economic inequality (inequality in wealth) serve?

Here's an example. Let's say we like lollipops, and sugar for one lollipop costs $1. We each have $1 and so we can each purchase sugar for one lollipop. Even if we pooled our money, there is no ...
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What does the term "Equity" mean, in "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"?

“Equality” means treating people the same. “Equity” means treating people “fairly”. The complication here is that “fairness” is a subjective thing, which is why, as you note, “there doesn't seem to ...
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How does social inequality differ from wealth inequality? (In a society with capitalism-esque ideals)

Your question in the headline differs markedly from the question in the main text, which looks like an invitation to debate. Since that would be a reason to close your question, I will focus on How ...
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How do one party governments say that they represent everyone even though they aren't democracies?

"How do they?" They lie. Part of the "beauty" of controlling a one-party, totalitarian system is that no one can hold you accountable for lying. Indeed, people would be afraid to even question ...
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What purpose does economic inequality (inequality in wealth) serve?

Wealth inequality is a consequence, not a goal. No political system in the world explicitly takes action to increase wealth inequality, their stated goals are (depending on ideology) to either ...
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Why is the gender pay gap quoted at 20% even though it's lower when controlling for variables?

You have a very simple view of the gender wage gap. If it were correct, there'd indeed be nothing to worry about. But if you look at Wikipedia's article on the gender wage gap in the US, you get ...
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What does the term "Equity" mean, in "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"?

In a very simplified manner: Equality is to provide the same starting conditions. Equity is to provide the same ending conditions. Equality is a much simpler concept. It making everything the same ...
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Why did FDR decide to implement a maximum wage through taxation rather than a simple ceiling?

Federal spending Obviously, a tax has the significant advantage of providing money to the government, something that a ceiling simply does not do. Unsuprisingly, many presidents would prefer to have ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

A clue to the reasoning can be found by looking to the example of Canada, which originally had a guarantor system quite similar to the UK's, but changed it greatly in 2007. From the "New Guarantor ...
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How does antisemitism differ from racism?

Many ethnic and religious groups have a unique term used to describe prejudice, discrimination and hatred toward them. These have developed over time because they are more descriptive than simply ...
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What's the conservative solution to wealth disparity?

First, a useful definition for understanding the following. Rent-seeking Rent-seeking is a concept in public choice theory, as well as in economics, that involves seeking to increase one's share ...
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Is there a non-hierarchical political theory based on inequality?

I'm not entirely sure what you call "contemporary", but I will take the perspective of a political theorist and cast a broad net. This answer isn't going to be comprehensive, but I hope it gives you ...
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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we ...
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