Utilitarianism doesn’t insist upon equality. Communists waste an awful lot of energy trying to make sure other people aren’t having a good time.
But when you have CEOs and other ultra-rich people selling lies by the tablet-ful to keep from paying any sort of reasonable taxes while middle-class families lose homes and poor families still dream of adequate schools, hospitals and police forces … well, it’s fair to say the old “greatest happiness for the greatest number of people” goal isn’t being met.
Kudos to The Washington Post for bringing the issue into focus. Maybe someone could even ask about it in the next GOP debate.
Besides, as Robert Reich explains, this inequality is wrecking the economy for everyone.