Vol. 5 No. 1 (2021)
Research Articles

Darwin and Inequality

Enrico Bonatti
Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades NY 10964, US
Native from Tierra del Fuego, drawn by Conrad Martens, artist on board of the Beagle, 1833.

Published 2021-03-01


  • Inequality,
  • Darwin,
  • Gini Index,
  • Egalitarian Societies

How to Cite

Bonatti, E. . (2021). Darwin and Inequality. Substantia, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.36253/Substantia-1121


Charles Darwin  during his travels on the Beagle  noted the wretched primitive state of natives from Tierra del Fuego. He attributed it to their being egalitarians and to the lack of a leader among them. The Gini Index of inequality  suggests strong inequality today in the richest, more developed countries. The paper discusses whether equality and civilization are really incompatible.


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