EPISODE NUMBER: 10110 (June 2, 2014)
GUESTS: Thomas Piketty
SEGMENTS: Obama’s Prisoner Exchange with the Taliban | Difference Makers – Doug Varrieur | Thomas Piketty vs. Billionaire Heroes | Thomas Piketty | Sign off — Goatee
SUIT REPORT: Navy Suit | White Shirt | Navy Patterned Tie
VIDEOS: Monday, June 2, 2014
Mr. Colbert started off the summer with a bang! what with pretty kickin’ goatee, and a big guest to take on in Thomas Piketty. I, being somewhat pop-cultured out lately, was unaware that his book was such a big deal, but Capital seems like an important read in our current, turbulent economic times.
The Difference Makers segment was one of the first where I laughed, but also felt genuine concern for the subjects. Literally, Doug Varrieur is going to shoot somebody’s eye out with his small arsenal. I thought his parents were hilariously chill with their son’s dangerous obsession, and I felt bad for the neighbor resignedly having a beer on her porch while Varrieur pummeled rounds into a wood plank with Osama Bin Laden’s picture on it. There are people like Doug all over America, to be sure, so I thought this was an important edition of DM and issue to talk about.
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What did y’all think of the ep? Safely fire them into the comments section.
Difference Makers – Doug Varrieur
- “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right.”
- Varrieur’s parents serve as “look outs” during his shooting practice. Doug’s mom: “I don’t know if a richoted bullet will kill me. If so, I guess I’ll die.” Stephen narrates: “If only we all could be so sensibly resigned to the icy grip of death.”
- Protective measures. Stephen narrates: “Satisfied, neighbors? Now there is a wall of truck. “
Thomas Piketty vs. Billionaire Heroes
Interview – Thomas Piketty
Stephen: Don’t we have the right to have our economic system benefit us and not the rest of the world?
Thomas Pinketty: Sure, as long as it benefits you.
Stephen: It benefits me.
Thomas: I was talking of the country in general.
Stephen: I am America.
Thomas Piketty: You are the job creator, but still you want mobility. […] Inequality is fine up to a point, but if it gets too extreme and you have perpetuation of inequality across generations, then it’s not good. You want some mobility in society.
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