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Winners take all : the elite charade of changing the world

Author: Anand Giridharadas
Publisher: London : Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An insider's ground-breaking 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Giridharadas, Anand.
Winners take all.
London : Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2019
(OCoLC)1089838680
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anand Giridharadas
ISBN: 9780141990927 0141990929
OCLC Number: 1100418489
Description: 1 online resource (263 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.

Abstract:

An insider's ground-breaking 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 saviours 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 gruelling 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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Giridharadas takes a swipe at the global elite in a trenchant, provocative and well-researched book about the people who are notionally generating social change . . . Read it and beware -- Martha Read more...

 
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