Jonah Lehrer points to research on how we react to inequality in a post calculated to send Fox News fans into a frenzy: the idea of scientists arguing for wealth spreading! Here’s a snippet:
The scientists speculate that people have a natural dislike of inequality. In fact our desire for equal outcomes is often more powerful (at least in the brain) than our desire for a little extra cash. It’s not that money doesn’t make us feel good — it’s that sharing the wealth can make us feel even better.
Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan, who seems to be taking more and more interest in the topic.