Inequality and the Directionality of History*

  title={Inequality and the Directionality of History*},
  author={Geerat J. Vermeij},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={243 - 253}
  • G. Vermeij
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Economics
  • The American Naturalist
I argue that history is genealogy and succession in an economic context of interactions among participants. Inequality is a ubiquitous property of economic interaction among responsive, metabolizing entities. The prevailing party tends to be larger, to have a higher productivity or metabolism, to engage in a larger number of interactions, and to perform more functions at a higher level. The crucial economic consequence of inequality is that prevailing entities and the conditions they create… 

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