J. Hickel points out that data going as far back as the 1820s is meaningless: most people lived in subsistence economies; they had little or no money but had access to the rich natural resources of the common lands.
But over time people were forced off the land by wealthy interests, and obliged to work for wages in mines and factories. JH notes that "the new income people earned from wages didn't come anywhere close to compensating for their loss of land and resources."

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