Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas writes about the charade of changing the world pushed by a lot of the elites from antipoverty consulting firms (Technoserve, Dalberg), billionaires turned philanthropist who want to solve poverty but not economic inequality, young people trying to solve problems they don’t understand, who get flown around the world to elite networking forums such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative, Davos World Economic Forum. And in the process, abandoning the reason they started their initiatives in the first place.
The book offers a series of portraits of this elite-led, market-friendly, winner-safe social change. Here are my favorite takeaways from reading Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.—UPTON SINCLAIR