On Fairness

Posted by on May 21, 2013

I rarely mind waiting for service at the grocery store or bank or even while corralled in the airport body check queue; that is until someone comes along after me and by luck selects a faster moving line and finishes up first. What rankles many of us in such a situation, surveys indicate, is the distinct experience of unfairness – it isn’t so much about the wait as it is about equality. We learned today that Apple, the beloved-by-many maker of fun, techy gadgets, arranged their business enterprise such that it paid no tax on billions, yes, billions of dollars of income earned from overseas operations over the last 4 years. Now, that seems really unfair.

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