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Podcast: In Western Empires Sampie Terreblanche Studies Inequality Across Centuries

Western EmpiresSampie Terreblanche spoke to Bruce Whitfield on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk about his book, Western Empires: Christianity, and the Inequalities Between the West and the Rest 1500 – 2010.

Terreblanche is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. Whitfield mentions how Terreblanche has spent the last 10 years of his life writing this incredible book.

Western Empires takes a comprehensive look at inequality across the centuries with a focus on the first and third worlds to show that “inequality isn’t a 20th century construct”.

Terreblanche explained: “Western imperialism and western capitalism have brought about these huge inequalities, perhaps I should give you a few examples. The richest one percent in the world’s income is more or less half of the world’s income. The other 99 percent received the other half. The richest 85 individuals received the same income as the poorest 3,5 billion people.”

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