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B&B Bonus Episode 2 – Would The Thanos Snap Solve The Racial Wealth Divide?

The Thanos Snap, for those people unfamiliar with the recent Avengers movies, was villain Thanos’ use of a powerful artifact called the infinity gauntlet to reduce half the population of the universe to dust in a single moment. But would randomly removing half the human population help with the Racial Wealth Divide? Certainly, many societal power structures would be upset by the removal of key figures, but the overall balance of power and resources between groups would need to be independently upset in the aftermath. Would half the population vanishing make it easier for poor individuals to gain access to wealth, or would a drastic upset like this once again be twisted to benefit those already in power? For inspiration for possible answers, we turn to China’s one child law, and a critique of the superhero formula.