Poulos Gets Piketty—and Tocqueville—Wrong


James Poulos’s critique of Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ is a mishmash of assertion and non sequiter, argues Piketty’s translator. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been an immense success. As the book’s translator, I’m not surprised it has found an audience. Having spent many months with the text, I know the depth of the research it embodies and the importance of its argument for our current political debate about inequality. Since publication, I have followed the reviews with great interest. Some, like Robert Solow ’s, have engaged with the deep structure of the argument, […]