Prof. Piketty is a statistics-based economist. For years, he has been working on the gradually widening wealth and income gaps in the capitalist world. Conventional, “neoclassical” capitalist economics tells that that the number one function of the system is to “generate full employment,” and that any failures along that line are generally “not its fault” but rather those of “frictions” and “government interference,” as capitalist economists and social critics from Ayn Rand on up or down (depending upon your point of view) repeatedly tell us. The role and function of each individual working in the system is totally dependent upon what they “put into it” in terms of education, effort, and so on, not any external factors, such as the relations of production.
Contrariwise, Prof. Piketty, rather, with tons of data at his disposal, tells us that this is not so.
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Ayn Rand fans, here’s something to whet your appetites: New American Library has released the cover image for “Ideal,” the first Ayn Rand novel to be published in more than 50 years.
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I’d be lying if I said I’m not a tribalistical animal. All I need do to remind myself of it is watch CSPAN, which runs unabridged coverage of political events, such as speeches from our beloved Aryan Ayn Rand Institute. I observe my body arming me with adrenaline.
…The conclusion to Ayn Rand’s epic is coming to Blu-ray in January. You can pre-order the disc here. In an early announcement to retailers, 20th Century Foc is…
“Abra cadabra, aqua buddha, Ayn Rand… presto!”
Quick, someone send France a copy of Atlas Shrugged!
Well… Actually, it almost looks like someone already has. French business owners will be spending this week taking to the streets in protest of the Socialist government’s burden on private business. Deciding that “workers” shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to picketing and protesting, French bosses marched through the public squares in Paris, Marseille and Toulouse. It won’t be long before unemployed French citizens begin asking “Qui est John Galt?”