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The Duel: Is inequality the root of all social ills?

Zoe Williams thinks so—Deirdre McCloskey disagrees

Zoe Williams and Dierdre McCloskey go head to head

Zoe Williams: Everybody is against inequality, yet nobody thinks they can be the agent of its reversal. It feels either too vast or too abstract, like fighting a tide. It is only when you start talking about its effects—the mechanisms by which inequality makes our lives worse—that you get any sense of agency. Its effects are everywhere: there is no social ill that cannot be traced back to the concentration of wealth into ever fewer hands.

The problem is not…

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