doctorow at June 2nd, 2014 23:00 — #1
kimmo at June 3rd, 2014 11:42 — #2
Currently reading a digital copy. When faced with such a mighty tome in that medium, it can take a while to dawn on you...
It was when I'd finished the introduction which used enough words for three short stories, I knew I was holding a thick book.
I'm not a lot further into it yet, but it seems pretty plain so far that Piketty is fair dinkum; he has the hallmarks of a proper scholar.
You know how occasionally a book comes along that has a marked effect on society? I hope this book does that, hard.
strangefriendbb at June 3rd, 2014 13:34 — #3
purplecat at June 3rd, 2014 14:12 — #4
Unfortunately, they don't have to come up with any substantive criticisms in order to succeed. Every bit of evidence for a progressive cause gets this sort of flack. It's almost formulaic-
- Come up with some minor nitpick or (in this case) misinterpret the numbers and cherry-pick the data to support another conclusion.
- It gets reported in the media as "one set of talking heads says this, another say the opposite", because journalism doesn't extend to reporting the facts or any hard analysis.
- People with a vested political interest keep on referring to the inaccurate criticism and get away with it, because it takes time and effort to fact check everything.
kimmo at June 4th, 2014 05:10 — #5
I'm only 10% in, but I'm worried that Piketty hasn't yet mentioned fractional reserve banking.
I'm not sure how he can hope to paint a representative picture without reference to the money system.
doctorow at June 7th, 2014 23:00 — #6
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