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    [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK Walter Scheidel tackles a very ambitious project here He attempts nothing less than a one volume account of economic ineuality throug

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    Join or create book clubs ☆ 3 free download characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK Be careful with the audiobookThe book itself is uite good for what it's trying to do It's a comprehensive summary of all the instances where ineuality has changed throughout history trying to establish the causes of these changesBecause the author wanted to be data driven precise and comprehensive there is a l

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    [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK Walter Scheidel author of The Great Leveler provides a scientifically rigorous excruciatingly detailed and politically agnostic survey of wealth ineuality from pre history to the present The focus is on factors that reduce or level that ineuality and the core message is dishearteningGiven the far reaching scope in both time and geography finding reliable and comparable data related to wealth reuires making some assumptions —

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    read The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century Join or create book clubs ☆ 3 free download [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK I idea that informs this book is delightfully stark A well researched book very stimulating conclusions indeed

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    [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK Join or create book clubs ☆ 3 free download characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs An great book an eye opener to the key factors influencing euality through the ages Also a timely read given current trends towards

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    [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK read The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century Really dives deep into this immense topic

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    [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK A very timely book on income ineualityThe author takes a historical and global approach to analyzing income ineuality and in particular what factors are the potentional great levelers of income ineuality The author identifies four what he cal

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    characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs Join or create book clubs ☆ 3 free download [The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty–First Century] PDF/EBOOK Economic ineuality is an easy target for abhorrence It seems blatantly unfair that so few would have so much and so many little or nothing However ineuality has been with us for most of history ever since a surplus was creat

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characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Ineuality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century review Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB The crucial role of violent shocks in reducing ineuality over the full sweep of human history around the worldEver since humans began to farm herd livestock and pass on their assets to future generations economic ineuality has been a defining feature of civilization Over thousands of years only violent events have significantly lessened ineuality The Four Horsemen of leveling mass mobilization warfare transformative revoluti. Walter Scheidel author of The Great Leveler provides a scientifically rigorous excruciatingly detailed and politically agnostic survey of wealth ineuality from pre history to the present The focus is on factors that reduce or level that ineuality and the core message is dishearteningGiven the far reaching scope in both time and geography finding reliable and comparable data related to wealth reuires making some assumptions actually a LOT of assumptions But he s very straightforward about that explaining each at length including for example how burial practices might indicate wealth how measures of wheat could be stand in for wages and at least in the modern world how reported income may not accurately reflect hidden assetsHe relies heavily on one metric especially the Gini coefficient which attempts to capture wealth ineuality in a closed system say a country in which zero represents full wealth and resource euality for all members everyone has as much as everyone else and 1 eualing maximum ineuality in which one person possesses all the wealthIt s a thorough and far reaching study leading to a disheartening and inescapable conclusion wealth and resource ineuality which is maximized by the compounding advantages of wealth access to political influence and the narrowing effects of inheritance has always been part of the human experienceIn his view only four things have ever leveled ineuality in any significant way mass mobilization warfare WWI and WWII for example pandemics the Plague transformative revolutions as in the communist variety and state collapseHe walks readers through many many explorations of each of the four examples studying before and after wealth and resource distribution from countries around the globe and throughout recorded history and even a bit beforeThe research brings to life a troubling trend a gulf of wealth ineuality that continually increases putting the capital and resources into the hands of a small and shrinking wealthy elite while extracting them from basically everyone else especially the working and lower classes Then one of the four levelers unwinds and the rich who have the most to lose slip down the social scale and working poor who suddenly have a resource that s in demand their labor are able to charge and live cheaply and so move up the scaleThen it all starts over againHis research skills are incredible so perhaps it s no surprise the writing is solid but never lofty or in the slightest bit lyrical but still is a punch in the gutFor example in eleven of the twenty one countries with published top incomes shares the portion of all income obtained by the 1 percent rose between 50 percent and than 100 percent between 1980 and 2010 In 2012 ineuality in the United States even set several records in that year top 1 percent income shares both with and without capital gains and the share of private wealth owned by the richest 001 percent of households for the first time exceeded the high water mark of 1929 In other words congratulation America the chasm of ineuality is now greater than during the era of the robber baronsThe uestion the book raises and one he frames specifically is given that ineuality in the US is at near historic levels or beyond are there any leveling events that could close the gap even briefly and are there in ways we could use policy to reduce ineuality The answers it seems are no short of a far reaching nuclear conflagration which he deems unlikely and also no given the lack of political will needed to redistribute wealth away from the controlling elite even though there are scads of ways dozens of which he lists to at least nibble around the edges without actually levelingIt s an important work that is at times mind numbingly boring and at times pants wettingly frightening and almost always disheartening I found myself almost rooting for a return of the plague if only to knock the elites temporarily out of their golden towers and close the wealth gap just a tiny bit to the good old days of 1935

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characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Ineuality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century review Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Ons state collapse and catastrophic plagues have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the richScheidel identifies and examines these processes from the crises of the earliest civilizations to the cataclysmic world wars and communist revolutions of the 20th century Today the violence that reduced ineuality in the past seems to have diminished and that is a good thing But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for aeual futur. Really dives deep into this immense topic

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characters ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Join or create book clubs The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Ineuality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century review Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic ineuality To judge by thousands of years of history the answer is yes Tracing the global history of ineuality from the Stone Age to today Walter Scheidel shows that ineuality never dies peacefully Ineuality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return The Great Leveler is the first book to chart. Walter Scheidel tackles a very ambitious project here He attempts nothing less than a one volume account of economic ineuality throughout all of human history In my opinion he succeeds brilliantlyThis is a book of impressive scholarship It is rare that someone is motivated to study this topic without an obvious political and policy agenda Even after finishing the book I still could not tell you what Professor Scheidel s political views are The book is descriptive not prescriptiveThe thesis of the book is that throughout all of human history only violent cataclysms and plagues have produced significant and long standing reductions in economic ineuality Peace and prosperity always tend to lead to increasing ineuality over the long term With the benefit of hindsight this is less surprising than it first appears The overwhelming majority of humans have always lived with little or no economic savings or financial net worth That is the constantPeace and prosperity necessarily change the net worth and income of the richest than the poorest because the economic situation of the poorest just can t get a lot worse The effect of compounding earnings is very powerful and not intuitively well understood by most people This effect is even dramatic when it spans several generations in a family Increasing or at least high and stable ineuality has been the default tendency throughout all of human historyScheidel cites what he calls the Four Horsemen of economic leveling mass mobilization warfare transformative revolution state collapse and plagues as the only forces that have consistently led to major economic leveling It is important to note that only mass mobilization warfare has this effect Ordinary warfare tends to shift fortunes between victor and vanuished without overall levelingThe period of the 20th Century that included the two World Wars and the communist revolutions represented one of the great economic levelings in all of human history Those of us who grew up just after those events conseuently have a somewhat distorted view of what is a typical historical level of economic ineuality Before reading this book I felt that there was something abnormal about he increasing degree of economic ineuality we see around us After reading it I feel like I knew all along this was inevitable It is a rare book that can change your perspective like thatScheidel is not arguing that economic ineuality is good He is well aware of the role of plunder and cronyism in contributing to it He realizes that economic ineuality is problematic for a number of reasons including the possibility that it may contain the seeds of the next cataclysm He is just giving the history here not making any argument about the appropriate policy responseIt s not that the cataclysms that produce leveling don t also hurt the poor They always do It s just that the rich have a lot to lose when a lot of people lose everything Scheidel closes with this All of us who prize greater economic euality would do well to remember that with the rarest of exceptions it was only ever brought forth in sorrow Be careful what you wish for To put it another way and to put it in the words of Woody Allen after the next great leveling we may well look back on the previous period of ineuality and think We were happy then but we didn t know it

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