On Brahmins

Capital and Ideology, by Thomas Piketty 📚 Much of the bulk of this long book is statistical details to back up his forward-thinking outline of a sustainable way forward, centering on the idea that wealth belongs, foremost, to the community, and to the community it must return. But the concept that is likely to stay with me the longest is that of the tripartite society, divided between the nobles, who are often aligned with or controlling the military, the brahmin, who are the religious or intellectual elite, and the commoners, which include the petit bourgeois. The notion of the brahmins setting up a smaller set of castles to one side of real power is… highly salient for this American.