Allan Carlson joins the growing chorus of voices commenting on Thomas Piketty:
Piketty’s critique – and his influences, advertent and inadvertent – clarifies the real questions which Capital in the Twenty-First Century poses for Americans, especially American conservatives. Conservatives should not be so quick to dismiss Piketty’s charges against capitalism. Instead, conservatives who seek to preserve a free market economy must ask themselves, what is a true free market? Is it simply the freedom for the few to amass wealth and concentrate power while forcing others to live and work in the economy that they create? Should this land be defined by a small number of grandees enjoying ever-increasing inherited wealth and residing in gated communities and “sky boxes” with minimal interaction with the servile masses? Or should it be a land of widespread property ownership, a dominant and expanding middle class, and a democratic mingling of people from all socio-economic levels?