Backlight: Changemakers

Backlight Current Affairs & Politics Human Interest
naomi klein, thomas piketty
48'
Bregtje van der Haak
VPRO
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French economist Thomas Piketty and Canadian activist Naomi Klein are intellectual super stars who conquer the world with their ideas. They inspire and mobilize millions of people all over the globe.  Not only by pinpointing the big problems and their solutions, but also by talking to politicians, meeting with social movements, and doing hundreds of TV interviews that are then shared on a massive scale via social media.

With his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty caused a stir around the globe. Drawing on historical research, he demonstrates that wealth inequality has risen sharply since the 1980s. Klein sees the imminent climate change as a call-to-action to shape a new economic world order. Her new book This Changes Everything is a hit around the world.

Why are we so hungry for these kinds of stories? While politicians often seem powerless, these intellectual stars revive our hope that we are capable of  tackling the big problems. But what is their impact on reality? Can Piketty and Klein set the world in motion where governments are stuck? VPRO’s Backlight joined Klein and Piketty on tour to have a closer look at new-style politics.