So, we\’ve a society with more inequality than many others. And yet, many of us think that this is OK.
Britain is unusual — and closer to the United States than European countries — in the number of people who think that most people do have a fair shot. 69% of people believe that \”there is enough opportunity for everyone to get on in life if they really want to\” so that it comes down primarily to the individual, though 55% also believe that some people have to work much harder than others of similar talent to do well.
Fabian research director Tim Horton, who led the research, says that most people want to believe that they live in a fair world. They therefore adopt \”cognitive coping strategies\” that justify existing inequalities.
However, we know that inequality is a bad thing per se. Thus we can only explain the apparent contentment of the many with inequality by stating that they are….confused? ignorant proles? suffering from false consciousness?
For the idea that we are wrong about inequality being wrong per se simply cannot be considered, can it?