The Monkey Roots Of Inequality

The evolutionary origins of not sharing

From Monkey Kingdom, by Disney. Filmed in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

To really understand human inequality, watch Monkey Kingdom. In that Disney documentary, some monkeys sit on top of the tree, eating the best fruit. The rest get trickle-down fruitanomics. I judged them for being dicks, but then it hit me. Human beings are so much worse. If human wealth inequality was a tree, the top would be in outer space…