“… destined to govern over their social lessers (“Live as though it were the first pages of an Ayn Rand novel”)”
Is the parenthetical a quote from Piketty or a paraphrase from doctorow? No matter, it is highly revealing of this: a twisted worldview.
Ayn Rand was the arch-enemy of a) the ‘governing’ (control) of people; and b) viewing individuals as intrinsically lesser/better.
… which in turns points up the worldview in both writers: Egalitarianism (coerced political collectivism) is the default good, and individualism, freedom, and capitalism in its essential conception are non-starters.