Martin Sandbu pronounces Piketty DOA! With the help of graduate student Matthew Rognlie

The champagne corks are popping in the fortresses of Neo-Liberalism, or have I overstated the case? The Mighty Piketty has been brought low by a mere graduate student! Where else but at the Financial Times or The Economist would this rate such a celebratory essay by Mr. Sandbu or his political clone? Note the rhetorical frame: Free Lunch!

Capital in the Twenty-First Century is and will remain the urtext! The point of Piketty’s book, his theorizing, his polemic was to inspire debate and it has fulfilled it’s author’s civic ambition. Yes, his civic ambition: how could I make such a claim in the face of the Neo-Liberalism’s corrosive economic/political ascendency?

Almost Marx

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