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Thomas Piketty: ‘Pandemics Are Generally Vital’ to Carry ‘Change’


CBS Sunday Morning exploited the coronavirus to whine about earnings inequality and the way horrible capitalism is. It additionally speculated whether or not the virus itself was presenting a possibility to alter the financial system.

This system, hosted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) fan Jane Pauley, used 409 seconds of airtime grumbling about America’s “worsening economic inequality.” To begin off, CBS Information Enterprise Analyst Jill Schlesinger exploited the financial plight of a random American household to argue that “final 12 months, the Census Bureau discovered earnings inequality was at its highest degree in fifty years.” Three of the 4 commentators Schlesinger used to push the earnings inequality line have been ardent leftists. The fourth, American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow Edward Conrad, stated “capitalism is simply attempting to maximise, optimize — develop all the pieces as quick because it presumably can. That’s how individuals get wealthy.”

However one of many leftist commentators, economist Thomas Piketty, really stated with impunity that “crises like pandemics are generally crucial” to “ship large political change or ideological change.” In different phrases, the present pandemic could also be “crucial” to alter capitalism. Piketty has had a few of his work financed by the Soros-funded Institute for New Economic Thinking, in accordance with Time magazine.

Schlesinger requested an insane query to Piketty at one level within the phase: “Do you imagine that the pandemic presents a possibility right here?” Piketty then gave the cringe response: “What we see from historical past is that crises like pandemics are generally crucial, sadly in a means, to ship large political change or ideological change.” Piketty then hedged himself by saying, “however we should always not simply depend on crises to get very dangerous in order that after crises, you recognize, issues will get higher. As a result of in apply, crises also can ship political monsters as we’ve seen, after World Battle I in Europe.” 

Sounds eerily acquainted to when George Soros told an Italian newspaper that the pandemic was offering a “revolutionary second.”

No criticism of Piketty’s extremist assertion that “pandemics are generally crucial” was given by Schlesinger.

Earlier within the phase, Schlesinger promoted a brand new documentary based mostly on Piketty’s controversial ebook “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Schlesinger drooled that Piketty had “surveyed centuries of financial upheaval,” earlier than shifting to her interview with Piketty. 

Piketty exploited the coronavirus to assault capitalism: “The pandemic illustrates, you recognize, I believe, the necessity to change the financial system and to get within the route of a extra equal and extra equitable and extra sustainable mannequin of financial improvement.” Schlesinger by no means talked about something about how Piketty’s work on income inequality has been repeatedly chastised for flawed arguments

The Data Know-how & Innovation Basis launched a examine in 2018 headlined: “Sensational, But Wrong: How Piketty & Co. Overstate Inequality in America.” Based on the examine’s abstract, Piketty “and his colleagues have been making questionable methodological selections that maximize the jarring impact of their findings.”

In 2014, following the release of Piketty’s book, Monetary Instances (FT) economics editor Chris Giles and former FT editorial board member Ferdinando Giugliano wrote that “many unexplained knowledge entries and errors within the figures underlying a few of [Piketty’s] ebook’s key charts.” The authors concluded that the failings have been “sufficiently severe to undermine Prof. Piketty’s declare that the share of wealth owned by the richest in society has been rising and ‘the explanation why wealth at the moment isn’t as unequally distributed as up to now is just that not sufficient time has handed since 1945.’”

Even liberal billionaire Bill Gates chastised the failings in Piketty’s ebook in October, 2014: “For all of Piketty’s knowledge on historic traits, he doesn’t give a full image of how wealth is created and the way it decays.”

Schlesinger didn’t hassle mentioning any of this when selling Piketty and the documentary based mostly on his ebook.

Contact CBS Sunday Morning at sundays@cbsnews.com and demand they denounce Piketty’s assertion that “crises, like pandemics, are generally crucial.”