I credit Piketty for reigniting the same conversation that the Occupy movement did: that inequality is not inevitable, but is instead the result of policy. I am not able to chime in on his data, about which there was critique (and lots of persuasive defense), but I can only hope that his book helps us move past the silly orthodoxy that the rich earned their money through hard work — especially working harder than everyone else. Some did — there are geniuses and innovators out there. But lots timed their working live well … and got lucky on the baby lottery.
We have chosen to transfer vast amounts of wealth from the working and middle classes to the rich, all while gutting social support programs and “get ahead” institutions like cheap, quality education. We did not have to do this. We can change it if we wish.