I see no way to justify including this in the ms. But should any of it go in? Or does it just belong in some other intellectual project?
The Dire Absolute Poverty of the Globe in 1870
J. Bradford DeLong
U.C. Berkeley, NBER, and WCEG
John Ball (1381):
When Adam delved and Eve span,/
Who was then the gentleman?
From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free.
And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty…
You need to understand three things to grasp the state of the world economy in 1870: that the drive to make love is one of the very strongest of all human drives, that living standards were what we would regard as very low for the bulk of humanity in the long trek between the invention of agriculture and 1870, and that the rate of technological progress back before 1870 was glacial, at best.