Piketty, Chapter 4

In Chapter Four, Piketty discusses the transformation of capital in the US, and at the same time starts using popular culture references. David Cameron’s Titanic, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and Matt Weiner’s Mad Men television series – neoclassic epics written by iconoclastic white men – are all offered up as examples of how the US economy has changed overContinue reading “Piketty, Chapter 4”

Episode 3 of Gilmore Girls

So, my partner and I started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix – we have made a habit, after dinner, of watching a episodes of whatever television show we happen to then be following. And we decided that we ought to start following Gilmore Girls after finishing the latest season of Grace and Frankie – a wonderful program –Continue reading “Episode 3 of Gilmore Girls”

“…i’m an anarchist…”

I used to write “I” as “i” before deciding that capitalizing the first person singular was a matter of proper spelling, because clarity is more useful than subversion in the day to day. In a discussion on the ‘book just now – a post about some jerk in the news, and the connection between nationalismContinue reading ““…i’m an anarchist…””

Piketty: Chapter 2

These first two chapters are Piketty setting the stage for his story. In Chapter One, he defined the basic variables in his calculations – in Chapter Two he lays out the mechanism of exponential growth. The idea of exponential growth in economics goes back to Malthus and the Essay on the Principle of Population, first publishedContinue reading “Piketty: Chapter 2”

Piketty: Chapter One

Piketty begins the chapter with a story about a platinum mine strike in South Africa. Of all the ways he could have started off, I think this demonstrates that Piketty is engaged in a rhetorically sophisticated endeavour. The labor strike is symbolic of the struggle between labor and capital that has characterized capitalism from itsContinue reading “Piketty: Chapter One”

The Piketty Project: Introduction

Why Piketty? I have, for quite some time now, wanted to work through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century – a book I have owned for two years but have not yet read in its entirety. Like many folks, I read the introduction shortly after getting it. And I have read a grip of reviewsContinue reading “The Piketty Project: Introduction”