Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
'Entertaining and gripping . . . For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring "change agents" who believe they are helping but are actually making things worse, it's time for a reckoning with their role in this spiraling dilemma' Joseph Stiglitz, New York Times Book Review
'In Anand's thought-provoking book his fresh perspective on solving complex soc
The question is why in all those…moreAntonio, the question is not globalization, or coming together, it’s how it is done, and who is benefiting from it.
The question is why in all those glory “do good” gatherings of philanthropy no one ever discuss the responsibilities of the elite, sometime causing the problems they want to fix.
How does those processes work and where is the accountability.
In addition how come that despite the tremendous amount of talent and money the elite have, in addition to their great abilities the numbers show no progress to most people and deeper inequality in society.
You should read the book, and make up your own mind.(less)
‘Making a difference’ could be the idealistic theme of my generation’s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60’s and 70’s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap access to good education, a long post-war economic boom, a range of radical new philosophies and more or less guaranteed employment. We had choices. And the right people appeared to be demonstrating how to exercise power around the w ...more
Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base—which he habitually describes as “a community”—is an unalloyed benefit to us all? “Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” Zuckerberg claims, “It was built to accomplish a social mission—to make the world more open and connected.”
So how is it that a billionaire like Zuck ...more
Being in the tech industry I’ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to impact lives at scale. For a moment I was becoming more convinced that maybe the market place was in fact the best place to solve our social ills. Maybe the right combination of philanthropies and technology could fix mo ...more
While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critical thought, but is just another "thought leader," simply for a different demographic. But it doesn't entirely fall into this trap, and it isn't shallow or vapid. There are definitely pieces that were solid.
Yet I still f ...more
Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of “doing good by doing well”: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to—and benefit from—ever-increasing inequality. Giridharadas’s characters are McKinsey consultants who believe that they are changing the world for the better, academics who have traded thinking in for reductive and lucrative “thought leadership,” and mor ...more
The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so that they can dominate the worldwide conversation of how to make things better. Their answer- win/win charitable projects that make people feel better without challenging the structural flaws in the economy.
Mr. Girid ...more
The basic focus of the book is that cultural elites are claiming to want to change the world, but really are treating the symptoms and not the root causes, which are often their own actions. The author demonstrates thi ...more
“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible… Except by getting off his back."
– Leo Tolstoy, Writings on C ...more
It’s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only mentions Bill Gates in passing without singling him out for much despite him being the epitome of a modern day robber baron trying to launder his reputation through a foundation bearing his name. Not surprisingly given the ki ...more
I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep at night?" Now I know. They do so much to help already, how can they possibly be asked to pay taxes, too.
This is an important book and should be read by every citizen. Then, each of those citizens should take seriousl ...more
Winners Take All tells the story of how a new elite of market-oriented, globe-trotting philanthropists have convinced themselves and the rest of us that they’re acting in our best interests, while in fact they’ve created a broken civil society and hoarded all the wealth and power for themselves.
There's a lot of truth to the story, and I agree with many of the policy v ...more
We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED.
If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a forbidden phrase in TED talks, as it suggests to the rich audience (+2000 dollars a ticket) that change that might effect them directly is necessary. "Poverty" on the other hand is fine, especially if some scheme is propo ...more
Robert Kuttner's "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" offers an excellent overall view from the angle of economics.
George Packer's "The Unwinding" provides a good ground level view.
Stephen Brill's "Tailspin" focuses on the ideas behind the changes in the last few decades, including the intended and unintended consequences of merito ...more
"If anyone truly believes that the same ski-town conferences and fellowship programs, the same politicians and policies, the same entrepreneurs and social businesses, the same campaign donors, the same thought leaders, the same consulting firms and protocols, the same philanthropists and reformed Goldman Sachs executives, the same win-wins and doing-well-by-doing-good initiatives and private solutions to public ...more
I found the book really powerful and t ...more
The author’s line of argument is as follows:
1. The world is full of problems.
”...rising inequalities of income, wealth and opportunities; the growing disconnect between finance and the real economy; mounting divergence in productivity levels be...more
Giridharadas forwards the idea that the winners of capitalism ...more