The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Ralph welcomes journalist and author, Anand Giridharadas to talk about his book, “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” which argues that rich “do-gooders” don’t really want to change the system that made them rich.
Anand Giridharadas is a writer and an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, as well as being a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University He is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times, having written, most recently, the biweekly “Letter from America.” His latest book is entitled, “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.”
“I believe that the elite do-gooding in which they engage is actually part and parcel of how we uphold the systems and structures and sets of social arrangements that have caused working people and middle class people to be shut out of the American Dream for a generation. In other words, I believe the giving they do is the wingman of the continued taking. And that the ‘changing the world’ that they do is the wingman of keeping their own status quo the same. And that the generosity they do is the wingman of the injustice that they have no interest – deep down – in relinquishing.”
Anand Giridharadas, author of “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World”