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Winners take all : the elite charade of changing the world

Author: Anand Giridharadas
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Giridharadas, Anand.
Winners take all.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
(DLC) 2017045477
(OCoLC)1004981738
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anand Giridharadas
ISBN: 9780451493255 0451493257
OCLC Number: 1050162983
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: But how is the world changed? --
Win-win --
Rebel-kings in worrisome berets --
The critic and the thought leader --
Arsonists make the best firefighters --
Generosity and justice --
All that works in the modern world.
Responsibility: Anand Giridharadas.

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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.

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