Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, in 20 minutes


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I’ve heard the comparison (I can’t remember where) that Picketty’s painstaking argument structure is similar to Darwin’s in Origin of the Species. Both books make a grand argument that on the surface seems impossible to prove. And both cut no corners documenting every piece for (and against) their argument. Each chapter in both books slowly builds on the previous in a laborious and non-eventful way until the very end when you realize that the impossible has been proven.

I’m about 2/3s of the way through Picketty’s book. It’s dense and enjoyable. It’s good to take slow.


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