With this post, following on from the Piketty Digests, my aim is to present all eighteen questions that accompany each post in one location. The original purpose of these questions was pedagogical in completing each summary with a provocation to my own students on The Political Economy of Global Capitalism (ECOP2613) to think differently about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
The modest ambition was that this pedagogical impetus would also resonate more widely. So, here are all eighteen questions related to the Piketty Digests, in one place, with the hyperlink for each taking you to the individual blog post.
With all the furore surrounding Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century my aim here is to carry a weekly focus on the book via For the Desk Drawer. The purpose is modest. There is already in existence some rather excellent coverage and detailed engagement with the book both in the general media and on specific blog sites. I am thinking here of the analyses by Michael Roberts on his blog site; the competing viewpoint or ‘afterthoughts’ of David Harvey; Benjamin Kunkel’s assessment in ‘Paupers and Richlings’ for London Review of Books matched by Knox Peden’s great essay on ‘The Abstractions of History’; or Paul Krugman’s rather different tone in ‘Why We’re in a New Guilded Age’ for The New York Review of Books. My own endeavour is much less ambitious than any of these engagements. It seeks to offer a weekly equivalent to the ‘Pocket Piketty’ provided by Duncan Green. Each week my intention is to carry a blog post on FtDD that summarises my notes on each chapter in just a few hundred words that can be read quickly. The purpose of these summaries is to produce an interpretative synopsis of each chapter drawn from my more detailed notes.