Christopher G. Moore Updates: 25 April 2014

Dear Readers,

I have been reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. And I’ve been following, as I am certain a number of you are, the reviews, opinions and debates on Piketty’s book.

This week I focus on how high concentrations of wealth and income at the upper 10%, and in particular the upper 1% of the adult population, have a profound impact on how what we view as crime and who we consider to be outlaws.

Criminal conduct, especially act against property owned by others, is repressed by state authorities on the basis that members of society share a social norm that what you own should be protected by the state. That security of person and property are fundamental to a well-ordered society.

Is that consensus breaking down as we learn more about how wealth accumulates over time and how it is used to control a political system so that it works to advance the interests of the ultra wealthy members of society.

These are some of the issues I cover in the essay. I also make some predictions on how the ultra-wealthy will use their power and influence to protect themselves as their justifications diminish their use of force and repression increases.

If you enjoy my essays, you can purchase my last three books of essays on Amazon/Kindle for $9.95. That’s three years of essays for about Baht 310.



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