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Open Forum: Inequality

I’m coming down the final stretch reading Piketty’s Capital.  In case you haven’t heard, it’s being called the economics book of the year (not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing or not) and the most comprehensive discussion about one of the most important topics of our time – inequality.

I haven’t formed any opinions here yet and I am trying to keep an open-mind about this topic as I study it.  But I wanted to open the floor here to your thoughts and opinions on the topic.  Here are some questions to ponder:

  • What is inequality and why does it matter?
  • Is wealth inequality a bigger problem than income inequality?
  • Is there real evidence that this is a problem?
  • What are the major trends driving this inequality?

Don’t be shy. I know this is an inherently political discussion, but it’s also one that needs to be grounded in a fair bit of reality.  But all political views should be considered valid from the start.  I look forward to hearing what people have to say here.

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