Wed, May 12|
Winners Take All
An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news. Hosted by Katherine. Non-Fiction (304 pages, 9hr 32mins on audible).
Time & Location
May 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. MDT
About the Event
by Anand Giridharadas
Hosted by Katherine - avid consumer of coffee and crosswords, usually biking in her Birkenstocks to a farmer's market near you
Non-Fiction (304 pages, 9hr 32mins on audible)
Description: An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.The New York Times bestselling, 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.
Intent of Session: To discuss Giridharadas’ answers to questions like: should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? Is it better to stay on the inside of a corrupt system and work from within, or to exit? What should people do for work if they want to make change? Can business be made better by more conscious CEOs, or are regulation and taxes the real solutions? Who gets to define “change”?
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