…capitalism in literature and culture…

Thomas Piketty’s, Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century, continues to command attention.

For some entertaining reading, we have Tim Fernholz over at quartz who shows how Piketty uses literature and popular culture to explore and analyse inequality. Everything wrong with capitalism, as explained by Balzac, “House” and “The Aristocats”

Of course, especially relevant are those classic literary works such as Victor Hugo’s, Les Misérables. Or Charles Dickens’, Oliver Twist.

At the policy level in the US and the UK, the expectation is that action to reduce inequality will be as concerted as it presently is, lively banter in the media or at the social functions of the 1%. And as for the rapid progress made in those Latin countries where inequality has been historically high? Too uncomfortable for the corporate MSM to report on.

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