Paschal Donohoe on Thomas Piketty’s Capital and Ideology: Weighed down by detail

Book review: The doubt lingers that an abundance of historical example squeezes out consideration of contemporary issues

Arvid Posse, when prime minister of Sweden, cast the majority of votes in his home town. This was due to the Posse family owning a vast estate, which multiplied his voting entitlement.

That this happened in the late 19th century might not be a surprise. That it happened in a country renowned for a deep contemporary commitment to democracy and equality might be.

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