Richness and Political Weakness

Relatore: Anand Giridharadas, Lucia Annunziata, e Marco Minniti

Giridharadas pone domande difficili: perché, per esempio, i nostri problemi più gravi dovrebbero essere risolti dall'alta borghesia non eletta invece che dalle istituzioni pubbliche? Indica una risposta: piuttosto che fare affidamento sugli scarti dei vincitori, dobbiamo intraprendere l'estenuante lavoro democratico di costruire istituzioni più solide ed egualitarie e cambiare veramente il mondo. Un invito all'azione per le élite e per i cittadini di tutti i giorni.

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

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions? He points toward an answer: rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.