>>53262734 Its a bullshit statistic. It gives more weight to the number of haves than the difference in what they have compared to the lower classes. Since the US is a 10-90 society, we rank higher than 30-70 india, even though the wealth gap is more gradual whereas India has two very diatinct economic classes.
>>53262691 There is a reason for this. Acemoglu and Robinson describes how conquitadors married the princesses of the tribes, becoming a new ruling class. Ethnically separated from the population and capable of calling in support from abroad they could built a system that extracted wealth from the natives.
>>53263036 It's a good start to look at what happened back in the 16th century but Spanish america is not Portuguese america. Only the very first endeavors were based on intermarriage because there were relatively few natives here. They were pretty damn succesful though. But then there's slavery, the plantations, cattle drivers, the Bandeiras and a whole lot fucking more.
There's literature in brazilian history that is pretty handy to understand today's problems, but it's in portuguese and I'm not sure if there's translations (because fucking seriously why would you people even care) but in case you're interested it's Gilberto Freyre. Hes got some bullshit in there (racial democracy lel) but it's pretty useful.
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