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Piketty’s Predicament

June 24, 2014 by


For those who don’t want to read the book, there is  nice article by Jonah Goldberg in the June 24, 2014 issue of National Review Online.  If you just woke up from a long, long nap or just returned form an isolated vactaion spot, you will remember that in April of this year, the book […]

A Very Long Review of a Very Intellectually Deficient, but Very Big, Book by Thomas Piketty

June 9, 2014 by


Before I begin this blog, I beg the reader’s indulgence for such a long book review.  However I considered this book worthy of such a detailed examination, due to its popularity and influence, barely three months after its appearance.  I do hope the length will be justified by the service it may provide.  I promise […]

Warning: Arcane Book Review of Work on the Nineteenth Century Economic Thought of Evangelicals

June 3, 2014 by


I just finished a very interesting, but somewhat difficult, book on the economic thought of Evangelicals in Great Britain between around 1790 and 1880.  Sounds really boring?  Well, it was a little bit of slogging at times, but it was worth it.  The author is Boyd Hilton, the title is The Age of Atonement:  The […]

Inequality, CEO Compensation and Thomas Piketty

May 27, 2014 by


What do the three phrases in the title of this blog have in common?  This is not a trick question, although some may be tricked by the rhetoric that has come from these.  OK, you have had enough time to think about it.  The answer is:  Inequality is the “new” social justice term, median CEO […]

For the Umpteenth Time: Income Equality

April 20, 2014 by


On Good Friday I was watching a “debate” between the conservative Roman Catholic Raymond Arroyo and the Christian Left activist Jim Wallis on the subject of income inequality and the pronouncements of Pope Francis on economics and justice.  The Fox News host Bill O’Reilly began with quotes from one very far left writer, Bill Scheer, […]

“It’s easy to remember, $10.10”: The 5% Solution

February 19, 2014 by


Target: poverty Number positively effected: 16,500,000 Number pushed above the poverty line: 900,000 900,000/16,500,000 = 5.45% In his State of the Union address President Obama said: “It’s easy to remember, $10.10”. One option for increasing the minimum wage is to increase the federally mandated minimum to $10.10 an hour. Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released […]

Is Chocolate to Blame?

February 3, 2014 by


The following was sent to my e-mail via Sojourners, a publication under the auspices of Jim Wallis.  I find it very interesting that the writer blames “our love of chocolate” for the problem. The following paid, sponsored message from Walk Free was sent to you via Sojourners. Dear Marc,  In the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast, […]