Capital and Ideology Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 best-selling 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.
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|Listening Length||48 hours and 57 minutes|
|Author||Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer - translator|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 10 2020|
|Publisher||Harvard University Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,735 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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When "Capital and Ideology" came out I figured he must have improved, but I was deeply disappointed. Piketty goes over 500 years back in time to show that there was inequality back then as well. Graphs and data based on extrapolation written with 10th % accuracy for different countries around the world makes it incomprehensible.
At times he jumps between religion, politics, gender all in one page with no clear conclusion. One thing that is clear is his subliminal message is that capitalism is the root of all bad.
I started this book as well with an open mind and waiting for new way on looking on inequality, and most of all what could or should be done about it - sorry to say a lot of regurgitated info.
Should be on everyone's bookshelf but containing over 1000 pages not bedtime reading.