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La historia antigua muestra cómo podemos crear un mundo más igualitario

• BLOG # 82 Nov 5, 2021 at 10:04:50 AM

Ancient History Shows How We Can Create a More Equal World

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– New research on humanity’s deep past holds lessons for the future.

Why should these findings from the dim and distant past matter to us today? Since the Great Recession of 2008, the question of inequality — and with it, the long-term history of inequality — have become major topics for debate. Something of a consensus has emerged among intellectuals and even, to some degree, the political classes, that levels of social inequality have gotten out of hand, and that most of the world’s problems result, in one way or another, from an ever-widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots. A very small percentage of the population control the fates of almost everyone else, and they are doing it in an increasingly disastrous fashion. Cities have become emblematic of our predicament. Whether in Cape Town or San Francisco, we are no longer shocked or even that surprised by the sight of ever-expanding slums — sidewalks crammed with makeshift tents or shelters overflowing with the homeless and destitute.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/opinion/graeber-wengrow-dawn-of-everything-history.html?smid=em-share

Opinion/comment.

Early societies might have looked simple because it seems they lacked a bureaucratic hierarchy, religious leaders, or written legislation. Historians consider societies that have it, advanced. But yet, those early societies managed to last for centuries with no problem feeding themselves, or losing quality of life. It seems that a complex society is not always a sign of progress.

Las primeras sociedades podrían haber parecido simples porque parece que carecían de una jerarquía burocrática, líderes religiosos o legislación escrita. Los historiadores consideran a las sociedades que lo tienen, avanzadas. Pero, sin embargo, esas primeras sociedades lograron durar siglos sin problemas para alimentarse o perder calidad de vida. Parece que una sociedad compleja no siempre es un signo de progreso.