Inequality wrecks countries.
And inequality is increasing in many countries, including the USA and even Denmark.
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Inequality leads to "eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption". (Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.)
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Throughout most of History, there was no 1%.
For most of History there was sharing and cooperation.
(Deborah Rogers egalitarian societies)
The hunter-gatherers cooperated when hunting and gathering; and they shared their food.
Equality was a something Humans learnt as part of human evolution, according to social anthropologist Christopher Boehm.
However, the coming of agriculture and trade resulted in private property, inheritance, and trade networks, and thus an elite gaining economic advantages.
In a simulation exercise, conducted at Stanford University, California, by Deborah Rogers, Omkar Deshpande and Marcus Feldman , it was found that "unequal access to resources is inherently destabilising and greatly raises the chance of group extinction in stable environments."
In other words, unequal societies like the USA could become extinct.
Deborah Rogers suggests:
Inequality leads to migration and conflict.
Egalitarian societies mean cooperation, altruism and low fertility.
Inequality leads to high fertility, competition, aggression, social climbing and other selfish traits.
"We human primates are not stuck with an evolutionarily determined, survival-of-the-fittest social structure. We cannot assume that because inequality exists, it is somehow beneficial."
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