Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips shared a working paper, “Defeating Piketty’s Charge,” at Atlas Network’s 2014 Liberty Forum while chairing a panel discussion, “How to Win the Inequality Argument” featuring Yaron Brook (Ayn Rand Institute) and Eamonn Butler (Adam Smith Institute). During the panel, Brook argued that we need to turn the argument on its head, and point out how inequality of outcomes is an essential part of a dynamic society and needs to be celebrated not scorned. Butler expressed skepticism about being able to fundamentally change how inequality is discussed, but minimized the threat posed by Piketty’s book after it was discredited in the Financial Times and elsewhere – likening it to Monty Python’s famous dead parrot. Lips invited think tank leaders and supporters to share feedback on the working paper, suggesting that the “Inequalities that Matter” are ones where classical liberals can make appealing and winning arguments.
Download the working paper here.