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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Kindle Edition)
Economics lost itself many decades ago by trying to emulate hard science, the fact of the matter is that Economics is part of the Social Sciences; it can't be an exact science because human behaviors and activities do not respond to specific laws of nature and the complexity of human interactions make it impossible to predict in time and space dimensions. Thomas Piketty uses the old and always meaningful time series to analyze and understand the evolution of capital in the last 200 years. The results are simple and I would say intuitive for the vast majority of us (the People) who saw the terrible erosion of our economic wealth in the last 40 years. These are hardcore conclusions, not one single pundit from the oligarch side has been able to undermine Piketty's research because it is what it is; the hard, solid, genuine reality. Instead, they resort to name calling; he's a Marxist (which he is not) and other names. Piketty approach is neutral and let the reader decides for her/himself. However it does take too much of a genius to connect the causality of wealth concentration and the level of corruptions in our societies and the probable direction our children and other generations will have to walk the walk. The book is a translation from French, I read the original version and the English one, the translation is very good and translate very well the nuance of the French text.
On a personal note, I feel a sense of vindication as Piketty's results fit very well into my study of the evolution of part time employment that I published in 1986. As we move along with the completion of the deindustrialization of our economies the gap between the rich and the rest will continue to widen, opportunities will continue to be a mirage for most of us and the promise of happiness will vanish along with it. For the People their only power resides in the ownership of their labor; in short, a system that denies labor is a system that denies freedom and democracy. We are already back to the days of the industrial revolution; slave labor, child labor, inhuman working conditions are all here, not physically in our Western economies but in all the production satellites the oligarch have been creating over the last 50 years (with the help of all American political regimes). China and the like are now the sweat factories that produces cheap product for us, and the big guys are hoping that in return, they will be able to sell their junk to them. Easy to trade the People for the trillions a few ones would get. People from Western economies are paying the bill directly and of course indirectly as well with the problems related to the de-urbanization of what use to be thriving communities, the reduction of social programs, pensions, etc. Just think about the amount of pollution that we are creating by moving goods from one side of the planet to the other extremity. Completely sick!
OOOPs! Enough said! That was supposed to be a review of Thomas Piketty brilliant and human work. If you are into democracy, preserving the environment, the right of the People by the People for the People you ought to read the book, it's not technical at all, you learn a lot of macro economics stuff, historical facts and data, it is clear, direct to the point and above all HONEST not BS stuff from corrupt Ivy League self grandiose like Harvard, Yale, Chicago, etc.