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What to do about inheritance?

Inheritance transmits inequality from one generation to the next. Several chapters (4, 8, 17) argue that inheritance should be taxed in order to provide greater equality of opportunity to every new generation. Yet, inheritance taxation is on the decline in many...

The plurality of families

In Chapter 17, one reads: “some countries have made significant headway in supporting families as they exist, rather than families as they continue to be imagined.  Progress in this area has been patchy however.  Some legal systems remain exclusively focused on...

What is the future of growth?

In Chapter 4, one reads: “For the largest part of human history, per-capita income has been largely stable and close to the subsistence level. (…) The industrial revolution led not only to increasing per-capita incomes, but fundamental transitions in the...

Alternatives to GDP

In Chapter 4, one reads: “GDP is not necessarily a good guide to determine the welfare of a society or to guide decisions of its actors. So what could guide the decisions of a society?” There are many different approaches that have been proposed to replace...

Religions: Generating Peace and Conflict

Section 5 of Chapter 16 on Religions and Social Progress argues that religions have the potential to be generate conflict as well as peace: “The range of religious combatants and victims is broad indeed.” (#216). On the other hand, religions often play a...

Reforming Religions: Balancing traditions and change

Many religions are anchored in long-practiced traditions, customs, beliefs, and ideas. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism have all been practiced for thousands of years. Over time, as our world evolves and changes, new beliefs, values, and...