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Not all Bootstraps are Equal

Americans pride themselves on being able to "lift yourself up by your own bootstraps," and to succeed based on "your own efforts, will, wits, and determination."

But this is a phantom. An illusion. A fairy tale.

Consider inheritance.

The fact that inheritance is a legal "of course," based on n...

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Passing the Torch

Let’s be careful not to proclaim too loudly that this is a society that does not embody social classes. Let’s not try to assert that it operates solely on personal ability without regard to race, sex, and class.

The fact that we allow personal inheritance of land and property alone is proof otherw...

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