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Joe Conason: Keep rich from inheriting the earth

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The furor over Thomas Piketty's stunning best-seller, "Capital in the 21st Century" -- and especially the outraged reaction from the Republican right -- suggests that this fresh import from la belle France has struck an exposed nerve. What Piketty proves, with his massive data set and complex analytical tools, is something that many of us have understood both intuitively and intellectually: that human society, both here and globally, has long been grossly inequitable and is ...


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