Not on purpose, not at all. But his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (I haven’t read it, but I’ve read a lot about it online in the past few days), apparently concludes that there is no economic force that drives capitalist societies towards shared prosperity, and that ever-greater stratification is the normal thing to be expected absent governmental intervention. That alone is enough to get him called a Marxist, which he emphatically and dismissively is not, by American RW pundits. See recent editorials/reviews by Thomas Douthat and James Pethokoukis.
Questions for debate:
- Is Piketty right?
- Does what he writes make him effectively some sort of Marxist willy-nilly?
- If so, does it matter?