One of the most notable post-game analyses of the U.S. presidential election last November was penned by the French economist Thomas Piketty, who argued that Donald Trump’s upset victory was mainly a symptom of resentment over the widening gap between rich and poor. Piketty’s 2013 bestseller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” a sweeping account of rising global inequality, documents how an increasingly staggering amount of the world’s wealth belongs to small economic elite. “He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent,” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times. Writing in Le Monde days after the election, Piketty cites angry, American voters’ suspicion of Democratic elites: “Trump’s victory is primarily due to the explosion in economic and geographic inequality in the United States over several decades and the inability of successive governments to deal with this.”

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