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Volume 21  Number 3  •  Winter 2017
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Piketty Misreads Austen
By Carlos Rodríguez Braun
This article appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of The Independent Review

Contrary to Thomas Piketty’s interpretation, Jane Austen’s stories of English manners and customs at the turn of the nineteenth century depict a society of dynamism and mobility. Like Adam Smith before her, the great novelist showed an appreciation for social institutions, ranging from the family to the right of property, as promotors of individual and collective progress.