October 10, 2012

Capuchin monkeys reject unequal pay


What political leaders the world over refuse to admit, monkeys understand at first sight. Primatologist Frans de Waal revisits an old experiment and discovers one of the truths of the Occupy movement: when primates — or people — are unfairly rewarded for work, they react.

How long before that monkey learns to say “I would prefer not to”?



Ellie Robins is an editor at Melville House. Previously, she was managing editor of Hesperus Press.