Long Read Watch: A Scholarly Discussion of Our New Aristocracy

Via Professor Krugman’s blog, a footnote to my last post.

“We” should probably have a Book Chat about Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but I’m hoping a less innumerate front-pager will volunteer.

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    Belafon says:

    OT: The Simpsons had a Studio Ghibli tribute tribute sequence.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Belafon: Its a rerun but was worth the time.

    Picketty’s book focuses on the very thing I have been complaining about for some time. The Kochwhores are in fact communist saboteurs. Marx’s original critique of capitalism was not that it made for lousy growth rates. It was that a rising concentration of wealth couldn’t be sustained politically. We are well on our way to proving it yet again.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Getting ready to make our totally non-observant Easter dinner: pork loin chops (to be grilled in the grill pan), scalloped potatoes, and asparagus. Then “The Americans” and possibly last week’s “Game of Thrones” before “Cosmos” comes on.

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    max says:

    Very very OT: Jesus Christ, the Lightening got robbed!

    “We” should probably have a Book Chat about Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century,

    Doesn’t seem like a book that lends itself to that sort of reading.

    [‘Stat city.’]

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    I am thinking of reading the book and may blog about it.

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    RandomMonster says:

    Listened to moyer’s interview with Krugman yesterday. It’s great, if not a little depressing.

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    Keith G says:

    Dr Krugman’s comments here are a good template for the things that this society needs to comes to grips with over the next couple of decades. The next step is for lefty types to choose and support those political leaders who will joyfully and vigorously take this message to the greater society. For too long the right has been able to make it’s case over the heads of what at times seems like an enfeebled position. Because of this, many of their idea have reached the level of being considered on a per with revealed truth.

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    Xboxershorts says:

    @Keith G: I do believe the left has finally come to grips with the Democratic party’s fealty over the last 2 decades of our history.

    I was pleased to see so many Blue Dogs booted out of Washington. beginning in 2008, continuing in 2010 and on thru 2012.

    Initially, it did weaken the political influence of the Democratic party. But by next census, I honestly believe a true difference will be seen. Those coming up behind us will not be so susceptible to the propaganda of the corporate cabal as long as social media and honest reportage are available.

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    Long Tooth says:

    “The history of American democracy is a gradual realization, too slow for some and too rapid for others, of the implications of the Declaration of Independence”. Ralph Barton Perry

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    James E. Powell says:


    But by next census, I honestly believe a true difference will be seen.

    By the next census, if I don’t off myself before then, I will be 65 fucking years old. I will have spent nearly every year of my life watching the great mass of people in this country become dumber, more callous, and poorer.

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    Jay C says:

    I recently downloaded Piketty’s C21C to read for an upcoming gabfest on another blog. Hint: get a hard copy if you can: Piketty is an economist, and thus can’t help sprinkling his tome with a bunch of charts and graphs – ebooks aren’t the best for that (especially the ones inserted sideways!).

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    Jeffro says:

    Robert Samuelson’s column today about Piketty’s book is truly breathtaking: “Yes, inequality is real and growing and a problem. But let’s not do anything about it, because…it would be tough on elites”

    (I thought for sure he was going to finish with “…because…dirty hippies, that’s why”).

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    Paul in KY says:

    @James E. Powell: Only 6 more years to go!

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