I have just submitted a 6000 word review of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st century, to Historical Materialism journal. Under HM rules,I cannot publish this anywhere else (unless they reject it) and so it may not see the light of day for a while. It may not be the most perceptive of the now hundreds of reviews that have been published, but it is certainly vying to be the longest!
Anyway, here is a flavour of what is in the review from the abstract submitted.
Thomas Piketty’s magnum opus on the accumulation and distribution of wealth over the last 200 years has been greeted by the biggest noise from the great and good inmainstream economics (and by the heterodox ) of any economics book, possibly ever. Piketty shows compellingly that inequality of wealth and income is inherent in capitalism and it is getting worse. Most important, he…
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