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Thomas Piketty, "A Brief History of Equality"

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Thomas Piketty (EHESS/ Paris School of Economics) presents his latest book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EQUALITY This talk was given on September 20, 2022 and was part of the Fall 2022 Economics Seminars Series presented by the Economics Department at The New School of Social Research. ** In his latest book, 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. It’s 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

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Thomas Piketty (EHESS/ Paris School of Economics) presents his latest book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EQUALITY



This talk was given on September 20, 2022 and was part of the Fall 2022 Economics Seminars Series presented by the Economics Department at The New School of Social Research.



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In his latest book, 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. It’s 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.



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Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty (7 May 1971) is a French economist who works on wealth and income inequality. He is a professor (directeur d'études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), associate chair at the Paris School of Economics and Centennial professor at the London School of Economics new International Inequalities Institute.

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