The idea of choice affects how we see wealth

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One of the biggest issues today is the wealth disparity between the very wealthy and the very poor in all countries. Why is it then that people often are against redistributive policies—even when they might benefit? Research published today says that the answer may lie in the concept of choice. Those who believe that people have choice are less likely to take into account luck, social conditions, etc., and oppose, for example, increased taxes on the rich. Those who minimize the role of choice tend to support these measures.