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Special report in the New Scientist on Inequality

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Quite fascinating series of articles—for example, the evolutionary heritage of humanity has been egalitarian societies: the hunter-gatherer humans were highly egalitarian because of the chanciness of their food supply: anyone could come back empty-handed, so sharing was the (socially enforced) norm—the way to survive. But with the introduction of agriculture and surpluses there arose a manager class, and inequality became the rule. The interesting thing is that inequality results in instability, so that societies with high inequality quickly spread, looking for additional resources, pushed by internal conflicts (and competition), etc., and ended up wiping out egalitarian societies.

At any rate, a fascinating collection of articles looking at inequality from various points of view—for example, societies with high inequality are better for the environment.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 July 2012 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Daily life, Science

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