Energy Inequality: Trump Versus The Common Man, Or Medieval Lord Versus Peasant



The growing disparity of wealth today has many parallels with the unequal societies that emerged in the Middle Ages, where wealth and power resided primarily in the hands of a few feudal lords including kings, dukes and assorted noblemen. But wealth inequality is not the same as energy inequality. And that is the primary difference between economic inequality in present-day America and Medieval Europe. Wealth inequality is still about a factor of a million, but energy inequality is down to a factor of about ten. And that is because energy has never been so cheap and plentiful in the history of humankind as it is today.



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