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Summer 2015 | Volume 33, Issue 2

Inequalities

Let's not be simplistic, naïve, or self-congratulatory. This issue of Comment zooms in with a more granular understanding of the sources and causes of unjust inequalities, and makes a bold claim: There can be just inequalities, and with them often comes an unequal responsibility for the health of society.

10 Articles In this Issue
02
Inequality: Complex Diagnoses, Multiple Prescriptions by James K.A. Smith

What are we talking about when we talk about "inequality?"

08
World View by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world. Topics this issue include policing, architecture (the physical kind), and a craftsman more interest in being a first-rate artisan than a wealthy businessman.

14
Erotic Inequality by Peter Leithart

Let's not confuse difference with inequality.

22
Reviving Citizenship in the New Gilded Age by Kevin den Dulk

Piketty take note: the democratic challenge posed by inequality is not simply about economics or politics narrowly understood: it is about culture.

30
Predatory Lending is Theft by Stephanie Summers

Why it's time for Christians to call for an end to payday loans.

37
Our Further-Off Neighbours by Gideon Strauss

On moral education and farming small.

43
Marriage is a Social Justice Issue by W. Bradford Wilcox, James K.A. Smith

A conversation with Brad Wilcox about the social revolutions that have generated economic inequality.

52
Making Marriage Work by Brian Dijkema

Our economies and cultures depend on it.

58
We Are All Complicit by Mark Mulder

Why the American Dream remains elusive for so many of our kids.

64
Closing the Graduation Gap by Michael Gerson

Opportunity does not exist where odds are something to be defied.



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