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Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty review – if inequality is illegitimate, why not reduce it?

The celebrated French economist is back with an ambitious and optimistic work of social science, which argues that inequality always relies on ideology

It is a journalistic convention that any author who writes a doorstopper of a book with the word “capital” in the title must be the heir to Karl Marx, while any economist whose books sell in the hundreds of thousands is a “rock star”.

  • William Davies
  • The Guardian

Thomas Piketty’s 600-page, multi-million selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century won him both accolades, but both were wide of the mark.

There is nothing Marxist about Piketty’s politics, which are those of a…

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