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    How Britons and Americans Differ on Cosmic Justice

    The teacup is half empty. While an estimated 38 percent of Americans say that life is fair, a whopping 75 percent of their cousins across the pond would beg to differ — despite Britain having a more equal distribution of wealth than the United States. According to some researchers, that’s because the goalposts for what is considered “fair” have shifted. Rather than aiming for equal access to resources, these days more Western societies think in terms of who deserves access, returning to a notion of the undeserving poor.

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