Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads
A Fabulous Synthesis of The Breakdown Between Economics and Governance
Capitalism is the economic model that drives how a majority of the people in the world earn their livelihoods. Democracy is how that same majority govern themselves. These two systems are deeply intertwined and deeply interdependent. Over the last several decades the elites who drive — and thrive in — capitalism have distorted our system of governance to their advantage.
This is a brilliant and important book. Anand pulls back the curtain on how the elites are thinking. They use philanthropy as a salve for their consciences and a smoke-screen for their deeds. It is not enough to simply do more good, we must also find a way to do less harm.
We must restore the balance between our governance and economic systems. The first step is to call a spade a spade. Anand gives us the insights and the language to deflect misguided arguments and reframe the problem so that it is large enough to tackle. I’m in!