Life's a competition for the most part. We are each born with our respective advantages and disadvantages. One of the most substantial ones that everyone seems to agree on is the socioeconomic status of your parents. (i.e. class) We have implemented many policies aimed at providing people with the opportunity for success despite being born in to poverty. Largely this is has been public K-12 education and financal aid for higher education.
And, in thinking about this, let us talk about other forms of disadvantage people are faced with in life over which they have no control (e.g. race, height, beauty - whatever it is). If those disadvantages are substantial enough to be comparable to class, should we not implement policies aimed at mitigating those disadvantages? Would such policies be justifiable by the same reasoning?
This is what I've been thinking about lately.