Winners Take All

Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

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An insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780451493248
0451493249
Branch Call Number: 303.4097 GIRIDHAR
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm

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LPL_DirectorBrad Sep 11, 2018

Absolutely essential reading concerning our democracy and the seismic change in how global elites are pushing for societal problems get solved. It's all about market-driven solutions. Giridharadas dives deeply into the world of elite philanthropists and thought leaders and their 'win-win' solutio... Read More »


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LPL_DirectorBrad Sep 11, 2018

Absolutely essential reading concerning our democracy and the seismic change in how global elites are pushing for societal problems get solved. It's all about market-driven solutions. Giridharadas dives deeply into the world of elite philanthropists and thought leaders and their 'win-win' solutions to solving global problems. The deeper Giridharadas goes, the more we see the wealthiest among us and the thought leaders that articulate solutions refusing to admit and address the issues that lie at the root of the problem, the grand extraction of wealth via capitalism that has exacerbated the problems in the first place.

A brilliant treatise on how a small group of elites are challenging and undermining government's essential democratic role in solving massive societal issues like income inequality. One of the most important books I have read in a long time.

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