Thursday, January 1, 2015

Piketty Rejects Légion d’Honneur Award

Go figure, an economist in favor of major intervention by government has rejected an award from government.

Thomas Piketty rejected a Légion d’Honneur award, saying the French government had no standing to grant such recognition.

Piketty, whose 2014 book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has already sold more than 1 million copies, told the AFP. “I refuse this nomination because I do not think it is the government’s role to decide who is honourable.”

The Legion of Honour was first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is considered the country’s highest award.


  1. Not bad.

    I'd have been more impressed had he thought it not the government's role to decide who is EQUAL.

  2. Given his error-riddled book, maybe he's too embarrassed to accept it.

  3. gee how honourable of him, a token anti establishment gesture from someone who just wrote a book supplying all the required intellectual support the establishment requires to justify its ongoing plunder.

  4. Good optics for the statists.

  5. government cant determine who is honorable but it can determine how to allocate resources? makes sense...