Rich caveman, poor caveman: Economic inequality wasn’t born last election cycle

By Matt Crenson, 14:29 PM July 30, 2013

Any serious assessment of America’s rising economic inequality must consider the decline of manufacturing, globalization in labor markets and tax policies that allow rich people to keep more of their investment winnings.

But where’s the fun in that? For those of us who like our history with a bit more mystery, the really interesting question is how human societies became unequal in the first place.

The classic interpretation blames the origin of agriculture. Anthropologists have found ...

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