I promised today to revisit Piketty, but before I do, let me comment briefly on some of the reactions to yesterday’s post. Jerry Fresia suggests that someone high in positions of power knew of the attack sufficiently in advance to plant explosives in a third building near those slated for attack, and this complicity extended even to news reporters who claimed the building was collateral damage of the attack while it could be seen standing behind the reporter.
This is an extraordinary, apparently incredible accusation. What do I think of this? Do I know whether it is true? Of course not. Do I believe it? I am, on this question, agnostic. If it is true, would it change my understanding of the world?
Well, if it is true then I would be compelled to acknowledge that Bush, Cheney, and their compatriots, whom I have always thought of as sinister, cruel, heartless, hypocritical criminals, are actually … sinister, cruel, heartless, hypocritical criminals.
Which brings me to Piketty.