The Prophet of Inequality

Whatever its shortcomings, Thomas Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, is a serious attempt to map our social world without resorting to easy abstractions.

Before Thomas Piketty, there was Bernard Sanders. “The American people are angry,” he declared on the Senate floor in 2012. “Angry that the middle class is collapsing because of the Wall Street-caused recession . . . angry that unemployment is sky-high, that 50 million people lack health insurance, and that working families can’t afford college for their kids.” […]

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