Thomas Piketty

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19-Century Anarchists, Western Capitalism, And The Paris Attacks

Attacks by anarchists on political and civil targets created persistent anxiety in Paris throughout the 1890s. They arose from a theory of the "propaganda of the deed", according to which spectacular acts of assault would seize media attention and so galvanise others who shared the feeling that modern society had become intolerable. Such violence wreaked by French citizens (and other Europeans) on the everyday fabric of French society all but disappeared during the 20th century... But in the 21st century, Paris has learned that lost feeling again, this time on a more terrible scale.