COVID-19 reinforces an economist’s warnings about inequality

  • FILE - In this June 30, 2014 file photo French economist Thomas Piketty speaks during his seminar at the Almedalen political week in Visby on the island of Gotland Sweden. Piketty is out with a new book, a manifesto for political change called “Capital and Ideology.” Weighing in at over 1,100 pages, it argues that the level of inequality in a capitalist economy is a direct result of political decisions that can be changed — if governments have the will to do so. (AP Photo/Janerik Henriksson, File)

BALTIMORE — Against all odds, Thomas Piketty pocketed a small fortune from the publication of a weighty book about the perils of economic inequality and the necessity of wealth taxes.