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Five types of inequality

Ferdinand Mount

10 December 2008

In a contribution to the JRF's 'social evils' series, author Ferdinand Mount discusses the theme of 'inequality'.

In 2007 the JRF asked the British public for their views on what constituted a 'social evil'. In this Viewpoint, Ferdinand Mount explores one aspect raised by many respondents - the problems created by an unequal society. He discusses five inequalities and how to remedy them:

  • political inequality;
  • differing life outcomes;
  • inequality of opportunity;
  • treatment and responsibility;
  • shared equality of membership in the areas of nation, faith and family.

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