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Capital and Ideology

Lu par : Rick Adamson
Durée : 48 h et 57 min
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The epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. 

Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education, and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity. 

Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new “participatory” socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power. Capital and Ideology is destined to be one of the indispensable books of our time, a work that will not only help us understand the world, but that will change it.

©2020 Thomas Piketty; Arthur Goldhammer - translation (P)2020 Harvard University

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Beaucoup trop long

Après avoir écouté 3h de blabla incessant je vais demander à être remboursé. L'auteur parle, parle, parle et on apprend rien. L'intro dure 2h, puis chaque chapitre à sa propre introduction. On à l'impression de voir une bande annonce (mortellement) ennuyeuse en boucle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/03/2020

Big thinking at its finest

Data driven, factual analysis with strong understanding of history, politics, economics and the need for global and regional solutions. It impacts my thinking on everything I am passionate about- wealth inequality, gender rights, climate change, global goals and access tools. Great analysis and information that hopefully will help spur change and progress.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/05/2020

The narrator is not good

The narrator is painfully monotonous and seems incapable of altering his voice intonations to fit the content. He frequently sounds as though he doesn't understand, or care about, what he is reading. You have to listen around him and constantly resist his tendency to make dense content harder to follow.

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  • Ahl
  • 13/05/2020

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fundamentally flawed, blames specific races instead of human tribalism as a whole. sounds like text-to-speech

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  • 06/06/2020

Accessible

More accessible for me than Capital in the 21st Century. Solid arguments against the sacralization of property. Practical roadmap for social democrats.

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  • JHW
  • 28/06/2020

Socialist to the core

Book is about how you have never worked hard and others deserve more of your work given to them. This book often loudly answers MORE GOVERNMENT to the question of why governments have failed us thus far. It also demands more socialism to solve all problems of the earth. Little more then the ramblings of a disconnected academic living on the state.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/10/2020

Worth all the hours!

Really enjoyed the long history view. Puts so much more into perspective. And has some very interesting suggestions for addressing, in particular, the stagnation of the social democratic project

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/09/2020

insightful and thought provoking

An essential read for historical economic understanding. a first step in healing our political division

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  • 4thace
  • 27/08/2020

For committed students of economics and politics

This is a massive book that goes into the minutiae of many economics systems around the world and back in time, and yet I felt like hearing more about some of the cases they didn't have the opportunity to discuss. In the beginning where they present how the dominant countries we have data for (mainly western European) organized society around the three estates of church, nobility, and common people the emphasis is on description, sticking closely to the data. This continues when after the revolutions of the eighteenth century these countries changed over to a proprietarian scheme where a central government provided most of the functions that the monarch and the church did previously, and the small class that controlled nearly all the property was the main group that mattered. The author shows convincingly how this actually served to concentrate power even more than in the trifunctional arrangement, both with regard to income and to wealth. In parallel, there were slave and colonial states which benefited the empires that controlled them from afar. Then, after the first World War, everything changed, with authoritarian regimes in central and eastern Europe, social democracies in Scandinavia, western Europe, and to a limited degree the United States. By mid-twentieth century inequality was lessened from the before because of an acceptance of progressive central taxation and the independence of former colonies, but by the end of the millennium there was another transition to the hypercapitalistic global economy we see now with a different pattern of wealth concentration. Throughout they emphasize that changes in ideology have been the things which have driven economic conditions, not the other way around. Midway through the book, there is a shift toward a tendency to advocate on the side of less inegalitarian, less nativist economic structures. It isn't until the final summary at the end where I felt like the measures being promoted were really strongly left-wing, such as the move away from private ownership and allowing movement across national borders, as opposed to center-left positions changing things like an ownership stake by labor in large companies. I have not read the author's previous work but hear a lot of readers complaining that this is to some degree a rehash of that analysis, with perhaps additional data from different eras and different countries from before. I have some sympathy for their position, because it feels like we are seeing a lot of the limits of what capitalism can do when it comes to working toward a just and humane society, and I would like there to be some attempt at a conversation on what alternatives there could be. I would not say that the author represents a really revolutionary viewpoint, though, more one that sees a growth in problems that capitalism seems poorly equipped to solve by itself. There was some economic jargon along the way that was unfamiliar to me: besides trifunctional systems, there was also ternary societies, censitarian monarchies, and discussion of a union between the Brahmin left and merchant right when it comes to political ideologies. I could eventually figure out what these were about but I could see how it could be off-putting to a general reader. The sections that were deep-dives into one or another aspect of French governance over the last fifty years were interesting to me even given how unfamiliar I was with it, but it's easy to see how these would be the point where someone would put the book down. But anyone who picks this up ought to be able to figure out that it isn't intended to be a comprehensive and objective survey of all economic activity worldwide, or even that of the west. I listened to this in audiobook form, now and then dipping back into the figures and tables which accompany the purchase of the book just so I could see what point they were making. This was a little cumbersome, but I think it would be harder for me to consume this all as straight text whether hardcopy or electronic. The frequent footnotes were not a big impediment for me, but I would occasionally be surprised when coming to the end of a section and diving into a completely separate topic, which seemed abrupt sometimes. I recommended this to one book club I belong to, but now that I finished it I am thinking that expecting members to read the whole long work is probably too much and would only lead to unfocused discussion. I am not sure whether I'll ever re-read this ponderous work someday, but I do feel like I got a lot out of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28/07/2020

A Critical Resource

Absolutely foundational to understanding both capital and ideology. A true successor to Marx and others.

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  • marwalk
  • 26/07/2020

Radical common sense well worth implementing

This is radical common sense well worth implementing worldwide—and the sooner the better. Although the succinct summary at the conclusion provides the essential gist of the author's recommendations, this book is well worth the long hard slog to get through its entire length. Piketty in his characteristic thoroughness provides ample supporting historical background, as well as insightful social and economic analysis, resulting in a well founded road map to neutralizing the extreme economic inequality and global social inequity that is currently rampant worldwide. No country is spared criticism and corrective suggestions, including the author's native France. If after reviewing the long litany of economic and social injustices chronicled in this book, I think any persons who aren't inspired to want to set things right have their own humanity muted inside themselves. Piketty points to the impending collapse of both (economic) liberal and nationalist ideologies, and asserts the solution is in participatory and internationalist socialism based on social federalist political structures. Instead of allowing multinational corporations to shield their income from progressive taxes in a nationalist race to the bottom, the author recommends a new cooperative organization of the world economy—from now on, the scale will be transnational. Piketty asserts that change comes when the short term logic of events intersects with the long term evolution of ideas. Capitalism and private property can be superseded, and a just society can be established on the basis of participatory socialism and social federalism. As a first step, Piketty suggests that a regime of temporary (vs. permanent) ownership be established. It appears to me that we were already entering late capitalism—after the advent of COVID-19 we're now entering terminal capitalism, and we should hasten its replacement with something more equitable and sustainable. The democratic socialism, progressive taxation, universal income, and constant wealth re-circulation that Piketty recommends appear to provide the best way to achieve these goals—and we should vote for those who advance them.

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  • Ein Kunde
  • 07/05/2020

Great book, but no great Audiobook

The book is a treasure chest full of data on and explanations of inequality throughout history. To do justice to its content would require more than I could deliver in this review, which I am not writing to criticize the content, but to warn you of the audiobook. I have deep respect for the attempt to make such an important book available for listening – especially for those whose vision is impaired – but as long as my eyes allow me to opt for a written version, I would not buy the audio version again. The subject matter, as well as the nature of such a book, are not very suitable as audiobooks. There are plenty of numbers and charts that are not easily captured by listening alone. Certain sentences are quite long and contain multiple parenthetical elements and footnotes, which would be fine in a written version, but quite heavy if you have to listen to it. I had to rewind multiple times in order to get some of the longer sentences or numbers. And although most of the listening difficulties are due to the book itself, some must be attributed to the speaker — or perhaps the way he was instructed to pronounce french words. The book is full of french terminology, which is oftentimes rendered completely unintelligible by the speaker, who does not seem to know how to pronounce french words. Even in cases where you do understand the words, however, the pronunciation is an offense to the ears of everyone with a minor understanding of the french language and constitutes an unpleasant distraction from the content of the book. No doubt, turning such a book into an audiobook is a huge challenge for anyone, but there are certain difficulties that could have been avoided.

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