Piketty worries about wars in the future and suggests that they will come about in the form of a rebellion against the inequities of capital. Perhaps he hasn’t noticed that the wars over capital have already begun right under Europe’s nose in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Had he not missed these events, he would have seen that these are not uprisings against capital, as his thesis claims, but for capital.
Over two years, we interviewed about half of the 37 self-immolators who survived their burns and their families: all the self-immolators were driven to suicide for being expropriated of what little capital they had. Some 300 million Arabs live in the same circumstances as the entrepreneurial self-immolators. We can learn several things from them.
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