Thomas Piketty on wealth, ideology and the history of inequality

The world-famous French economist follows up his best-selling Capital in the Twenty-First Century with Capital and Ideology, which portrays inequality down through the centuries

Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Thomas Piketty and Rune Lykkeberg
Thomas Piketty and Rune Lykkeberg
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The increase in global inequality has had a prominent position on the international agenda over the past decades. It has been discussed back and forth, been weighed and measured. And with his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century the world-famous French economist Thomas Piketty focused on the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few richest individuals. Piketty is our guest at The Black Diamond in a conversation with head editor Rune Lykkeberg on his follow-up book to what has been called one of the most important books of the century. The new book is called Capital and Ideology and deals with the history of inequality. It will be appearing in Danish at the end of March 2020 in a cooperation with Djøf Forlag and Informations Forlag (the French original edition, Capital et Idéologie, came out last September).

Thomas Piketty gained a PhD in Economics at the early age of 22 from the London School of Economics and has had a lightning career, with various prizes and marks of recognition. His international breakthrough came with the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century in 2013, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. The book commanded worldwide attention – to an extent that is seldom for books on economics.

Capital and Ideology is at one and the same time a new version of world history, a sharp critique of present-day politics and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system. While Capital in the Twenty-First Century documented the increase in inequality, in Capital and Ideology Piketty analyses the history of inequality – and emphasises how various ideologies have maintained inequality over the past thousand years. The book was a major event on its publication and it is indispensable reading for all those who both want to have a critical understanding of society as it exists and a language in which to talk about a juster future.

Rune Lykkeberg studied comparative literary history and philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and has a long career in journalism behind him. Since 2016, he has functioned as head editor of nationwide daily paper Dagbladet Information. For many years, he has examined in depth the political, intellectual and culture state of Western society, and has previously interviewed Piketty in The Queen’s Hall at The Black Diamond.

THE CONVERSATION WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH

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