The values of “liberté, égalité et fraternité,” expressed in the triumph of the French Revolution in 1789, resonated among slaves in Saint-Domingue, France’s richest colony. By 1804, the world’s first successful slave rebellion resulted in the birth of the Republic of Haiti.
I finished reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital on Sept. 4, the eve of my […]
One positive impact of the Occupy movement was that it taught us to look at those whose economic power dominates the rest of us. Thanks to Occupy, the “one-per-cent” entered our vocabulary and our social analysis.
Now Thomas Piketty has given us almost 600 pages of reasons to look at who has economic power, why […]
Almost every day of my mid-July visit to Juárez, Chiapas, I continued my reading of Capital, Thomas Piketty’s study of wealth and inequality. And almost every day, someone from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala came to the door of the home where I was staying to ask for food and water. What was on hand […]