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Capital and ideology

By: Piketty, Thomas.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge Harvard University Press 2020Description: ix, 1093 p.; ill. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9780674248106.Subject(s): Equality | Ideology - Economic aspects | Socialism | Economics - Political aspects | Social change | PropertyDDC classification: 305 Summary: 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 bestselling 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. https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674980822
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Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
I. Inequality Regimes in History
1. Ternary Societies: Trifunctional Inequality
2. European Societies of Orders: Power and Property
3. The Invention of Ownership Societies
4. Ownership Societies: The Case of France
5. Ownership Societies: European Trajectories
II. Slave and Colonial Societies
6. Slave Societies: Extreme Inequality
7. Colonial Societies: Diversity and Domination
8. Ternary Societies and Colonialism: The Case of India
9. Ternary Societies and Colonialism: Eurasian Trajectories
III. The Great Transformation of the Twentieth Century
10. The Crisis of Ownership Societies
11. Social-Democratic Societies: Incomplete Equality
12. Communist and Postcommunist Societies
13. Hypercapitalism: Between Modernity and Archaism
IV. Rethinking the Dimensions of Political Conflict
14. Borders and Property: The Construction of Equality
15. Brahmin Left: New Euro-American Cleavages
16. Social Nativism: The Postcolonial Identitarian Trap
17. Elements for a Participatory Socialism for the Twenty-First Century
Conclusion
Glossary
Contents in Detail
List of Tables and Illustrations
Index

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 bestselling 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.

https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674980822

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