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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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