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Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, materialism and political economy

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a notable French political scientist and historian, best known for Democracy in America, a perceptive and groundbreaking analysis of the social, political and economic system of the United States. This four-volume book is brimming with … Continue reading

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Listen to the Athenian Solon: “Our virtue sticks with us and makes us strong, but money changes owners all day long”

Solon (c. 638 – c. 558 BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet, particularly known for ending exclusive aristocratic control of the government and his efforts to legislate against political, economic, and moral decline in archaic Athens, whose elite was obsessed with wealth, power, and prestige. His first … Continue reading

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The alienated consciousness, dehumanized human nature and capitalism

Norman O. Brown, a brilliant American scholar and social philosopher: “The alienated consciousness is correlative with a money economy. Its root is the compulsion to work. This compulsion to work subordinates man to things, producing at the same time confusion in the valuation of … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty: “Take a serious interest in money… Those who have a lot of it never fail to defend their interests.”

These are Thomas Piketty’s  last words in his groundshaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Our community – the Economic Sociology and Political Economy global academic community – proudly fulfills their meaning: “All social scientists, all journalists and commentators, all activists in … Continue reading

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18 focused interpretative digests of each chapter from ‪‎Piketty‬’s “‪‎Capital‬ in the 21st Century”

Read this impressive interpretative review of Thomas ‪Piketty‬’s Capital‬ in the Twenty-First Century – 18 focused posts devoted to each chapter from the book, carefully wrote by Adam David Morton (University of Sydney). Professor Morton clearly summarises each chapter in just a few … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman: “Inequality is a Drag… Goodbye, trickle-down; hello, trickle-up.”

Paul Krugman: “If you look systematically at the international evidence on inequality, redistribution, and growth — which is what researchers at the IMF did — you find that lower levels of inequality are associated with faster, not slower, growth. Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Jean-Jacques ‪‎Rousseau‬: “The ‪rich‬ holds the ‪law‬ in his purse..” // “Le riche tient la loi dans sa bourse..”

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. 1764. “La 9e Lettre écrite de la montagne.” Paris: Gallimard. (p. 287)

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