What history can teach us about how wealth inequality affects us all

But the upcoming political upheaval does not have to be destructive, says Peter Turchin, if we understand the causes.

According to Peter Turchin, a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut, taking a historical…

The “cycles” are not “rigid, mechanical, clock-like movements,” says Turchin, but rather “chaotic,” and “complex” ones based on “many parts that are constantly moving and influencing each other.” This doesn’t stop them from being understood, however, and one of the first things that can be observed, is that “upwards trends in variables,” like economic inequality, “alternate with downward trends.” Observing “the ways in which other parts of the system move” can also provide an explanation for “why certain trends periodically reverse themselves.”