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Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
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This book describes, with simple and evidence-based arguments, why "big corporate elites changing the world" is a failed idea. Giridharadas argues that elites who come from positions of privilege and wealth and brand themselves as "working for social change" are not likely to change the world. They are in fact part of the problem, but they want to solve the problem with the same means and ideas that created them in the first place.

Giridharadas argues against the premise that you can work for big financial or consulting firms and "do well and do good". In other words, the win-win scenarios between the corporate and society are not that realistic. He puts forward many real-world examples of people, including himself, who have worked for Mckinsey and Goldman Sachs, with the intention of making the world a better place for everyone. They were attracted to these firms because they were told that they will contribute to public projects that benefit the entire society. Later they would know that that's only a tiny fraction of what they do on daily basis, and the rest serve the exact opposite purpose.

At the end of the book, he admits that he's been in the same type of position that he's now criticizing (privileged corporate leaders who give motivational and TED talks and never get their hands dirty with little problems because they are too busy with solving poverty in the WORLD!!). This makes him believable and fair.
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September 30, 2018 – Shelved
September 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
November 11, 2018 – Started Reading
November 12, 2018 – Shelved as: critique-of-capitalism
November 24, 2018 – Finished Reading

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