Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Historians and political theorists have delineated the concept of equality into two categories: the competitive individualist notion of equality of process and the egalitarian ideal of equality of results. The former is concerned with providing a level playing field for all, while the latter focuses on a just distribution resulting from the process. In other words, the egalitarian spirit was not absent from American history, but Americans believed that justice would best be served through competition.