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A Brief History of Equality

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A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice A Public Books Best Book of the Year An opportunity for readers to see Piketty bring his larger argument about the origins of inequality and his program for fighting it into high relief. Nicholas Lemann, New York Times The worlds leading economist of inequality presents a short but sweeping and surprisingly optimistic history of human progress toward equality despite crises, disasters, and backsliding. A perfect introduction to the ideas developed in his monumental earlier books. Its easy to be pessimistic about inequality. We know it has increased dramatically in many parts of the world over the past two generations. No one has done more to reveal the problem than Thomas Piketty. Now, in this surprising and powerful new work, Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. Piketty guides us with elegance and concision through the great movements that have made the modern world for better and worse: the growth of capitalism, revolutions, imperialism, slavery, wars, and the building of the welfare state. Its a history of violence and social struggle, punctuated by regression and disaster. But through it all, Piketty shows, human societies have moved fitfully toward a more just distribution of income and assets, a reduction of racial and gender inequalities, and greater access to health care, education, and the rights of citizenship. Our rough march forward is political and ideological, an endless fight against injustice. To keep moving, Piketty argues, we need to learn and commit to what works, to institutional, legal, social, fiscal, and educational systems that can make equality a lasting reality. At the same time, we need to resist historical amnesia and the temptations of cultural separatism and intellectual compartmentalization. At stake is the quality of life for billions of people. We know we can do better, Piketty concludes. The past shows us how. The future is up to us.
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A sustained argument for why we should be optimistic about human progressAn engaged and clearheaded socialist thinker, Piketty sets forthone of the most comprehensive and comprehensible social democratic programs available anywhereHe has laid out a plan that is smart, thoughtful, and motivated by admirable political convictions. -- Gary Gerstle * Washington Post * An opportunity for readers to see Piketty bring his larger argument about the origins of inequality and his program for fighting it into high relief. -- Nicholas Lemann * New York Times * A Brief History of Equality is a route into Pikettys arguments in his earlier books, with their luxuriantly extensive data and historical detail. Anybody who has not been able to face those tomesshould read this one. -- Diane Coyle * Financial Times * Peak PikettyHe possesses the rarest of abilities to analyze staggering quantities of information and offer original insights into the structures that underpin our economiesAt a time when the concept of objective truth is under assault and when the nuance of argument can be drowned out by the shouting of slogans, there is something glorious about the scale of the work of Thomas Piketty. His arguments are vast in their detail, ever ambitious and always hopeful. This elegant and (by his standards) short book will allow any reader to understand the glory. -- Paschal Donohoe * Irish Times * An analysis that might just provide a fresh opportunity for social hopePiketty has undeniably identified clues about how to achieve a more egalitarian world. -- Richard Horton * The Lancet * An activists history, part reckoning with the past and part manifesto for the future, designed to bolster the courage of those who would continue the forward march. It is an admirable undertakingPiketty mounts an impassioned plea for a renewed and retooled commitment to equality in its various forms, laying out an ambitious blueprint for a new kind of democratic, self-managing and decentralized socialism, not least as a counter to the authoritarian, state-socialist model of China. -- Darrin M. McMahon * Literary Review * Piketty is now attempting to revive an egalitarian political project that he traces all the way back to the Enlightenment, but which has stalled since 1980. In A Brief History of Equality he lays out a program of democratic socialist reformsto taxation, property rights, corporate governance, international regulation and much elsethat would invert recent trends. -- William Davies * London Review of Books * Tidier and more lucidPiketty is guardedly optimistic about the prospects for future social progress. -- Timothy Noah * New Republic * Pikettyavoid[s] the twin seductions of triumphalism and hopelessness. He treats the concept of equality more expansively here, including not only income and property but also gender and race. By moving the focus from inequality to equality, he suggests that whats needed isnt only the harsh light of critique but also the remedy of repair. -- Jennifer Szalai * New York Times * [Piketty] argues that were on a trajectory of greater, not less, equality and lays out his prescriptions for remedying our current corrosive wealth disparities. -- David Marchese * New York Times Magazine * A nice distillation of the rockstar economists ideas and a good entry point for the uninitiated[Piketty] points out that an unequal concentration of wealth is bad for growth and corrosive to democracy, precisely because it limits social mobility and prevents people from accessing key institutionsIf the politics of Europe and America during the last decade have taught us anything, it is that the failure to address inequality is highly corrosive to the social contract. It fosters distrust and resentment, and makes people vulnerable to demagogy, populism, xenophobia, and reactionary politics of all kinds. -- Jared Marcel Pollen * Quillette * Surprisingly optimisticBuilding on his

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Thomas Piketty is Professor at cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Paris School of Economics and Codirector of the World Inequality Lab.