Thomas Piketty, Obama’s Fave Economist Loves Socialism, Beating Women


Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the 21st Century”, a shopworn screed about how capitalism just makes the rich, has a lot to say about income inequality.

It has less to say about the disparity in muscle power between a 44 year old man and a younger woman. Especially when he’s beating her.

Aurelie Filippetti, 40, France’s glamorous Culture and Media Minister, had a relationship with Mr Piketty, 42, which she alleges came to a violent end.

A Socialist Party source, who was close to the couple when they shared a flat on Paris’s Left Bank, said: ‘Frankly, she views him as a woman beater who used violence as a solution to their domestic problems. The details of what Thomas did to Aurélie are quite shocking – they drove her to contemplate suicide.

‘Many believed the complaints about Thomas were politically motivated, but Aurelie herself spoke about them often in private. She was desperate to bring Thomas to justice.

‘It was one of the darkest periods of her life.’

Although the pair have both attempted to keep their private lives a secret, records show that on February 6, 2009, Ms Filippetti attended a Paris police station to lodge a complaint about an attack.

Soon afterwards Mr Piketty was investigated for ‘violence between domestic partners’ – a crime that carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years.

An investigating officer confirmed: ‘The complaint was examined very thoroughly. The accuser was in a very distressed state on the day she attended the police station and did not leave until close to midnight.’

Police also confirmed  that the accusations included Ms Filippetti ‘having been hit’ and that she had  a medical examination.

But then the whole case was buried and Piketty went on to be an income inequality rock star. And now Piketty has become very popular among American lefties, including Obama Inc., because his screed reinforces their politics.

Mr. Piketty has met with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, given a talk to President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and lectured at the International Monetary Fund, before flying to New York for an appearance at the United Nations, a sold-out public discussion with the Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, and meetings with media outlets ranging from The Harvard Business Review to New York Magazine to The Nation.

Mr. Krugman,  a columnist for The New York Times, predicted in The New York Review of Books that Mr. Piketty’s book would “change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics.”

The Nation ran a nearly 10,000-word cover article placing his book within a rising tide of neo-Marxist thought.

Mr. Lew, he said, seemed to have read parts of the book carefully.

Maybe Piketty can then give Krugman and Lew some tips on abusing women.


  • SoCalMike

    A rising tide of Neo Marxist thought??
    More like an overflowing cesspool or waste sewer.
    Kinda like the words from Paul Krugman’s economically semi literate mouth.

  • Clare Spark

    Don’t dismiss Piketty’s argument so fast. He is the new sensation among liberals and leftists. I mentioned him here: “The Good Old Days.” The bigger question for me is how it came to pass that leftists are supporting the monarchist and reactionary Elie Kedourie, the subject of this blog.

  • Douglas J. Bender

    “Piketty”. Why do I associate that name with “Family Guy”?

  • cxt

    Knee-jerk, reflexitive, anti-Americanism, is seemingly always in vouge with the Left.

  • Libslayer

    A stupid economic theory from a cowardly pig of a man.
    Liberals sure know how to pick em’.

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  • tagalog

    I thought the photo at the head of this commentary was VERY dramatic. If that’s Mr. Piketty, I gather he sees himself as a figure of some substance. The hands are great. So sorcerer-like.

  • mashwinoxblood

    The fact that you resort to some story from ultra conservative rag the Daily Mail to attack his character says a lot. Itsays you have no meaningful evidence or data to rebut the arguments he makes in his book.

    Enjoy your wingnut echo chamber

    • tagalog

      I don’t know about anybody else, but I LOVE it! Thanks for the good wishes.

    • NYgal

      You want evidence? Socialism was tried and had failed to deliver on most of its promises so much so that it was brought down by the proletariat, the blue collar workers, starting with the shipbuilders from Gdansk, Poland, and moving on to the rest of the Socialist countries.

    • 3billy123

      Does Cuba, North Korea, and/or Venezuela ring a bell. Heavens on earth all.

  • Don Druker

    And the fact that he was accused of, but never actually convicted of, a thoroughly despicable act in his private life reflects on his book in precisely what way? If the shameful or distressing or simply embarrassing things people do or say in their personal lives were sufficient to disprove or call into question their policy positions or intellectual analyses, then we would have no further cause to take Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Paul Ryan, or Mitt Romney seriously, if indeed we do now.

    • NotImpressedbyTripe

      Sounds like you beat women too.

  • 3billy123

    How’s that working out in France?

  • Call Me Nancy, Sailor

    How new is this really? Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson fostered this nonsense in the 1910-1920 era, followed by FDR.

  • Richer

    The first sentence is is missing “richer” after rich.

  • mj01323

    Neo-Marxist thought. Now we really need more of that.