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Date(s) - 14/08/2017
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thistle Inn

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From the Stone Age to the 21st Century

Note the change of day to Monday 14 August, as the venue is not available on the 1st Monday.

Shakespeare wrote in King Lear, “So distribution should undo excess, And each man have enough” The puzzle and problem of inequality remains to this day. Walter Scheidel has published a book The Great Leveler, Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. (2017). Walter suggests that history demonstrates to us that mass violence and catastrophe are the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality. Peter Clemerson will introduce this book to us and outline some of the ways that Scheidel describes how inequality is measured, particularly the Gini coefficient. We will watch a video of Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic, interviewing Walter Scheidel. http://www.skeptic.com/past-lectures/violence-and-the-history-of-inequality/ .

And finally, as the increasing economic inequality of the world is a matter of some concern to Humanists we will have a discussion among ourselves about our reactions to this thesis and consider if perhaps the ideas around a Universal Basic Income could be a bloodless approach to dealing with inequality. The ideas and current experiments in a Universal Basic Income are outlined in this link:

https://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/universal-basic-income-5-experiments-from-around-the-world-1 .

All interested people are welcome, Society members and members of the public – bring a friend.