Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All
Institute for New Economic Thinking
Interview with author Anand Giridharadas (YouTube)
Are Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos the new feudal elite? Anand Giridharadas talks with INET President Rob Johnson about how the titans of Silicon Valley use “Philanthropy” to control more of our lives.
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Anand Giridharadas discusses his book, “Winners Take All”, at Politics and Prose on 9/11/18. (YouTube)
Giriharadas’s bracing call to action starts with a plea to the global elite to practice “followership” rather than leadership and simply stay out of the way of those trying to resolve the problems the wealthy have in many cases caused and are likely to perpetuate. Exposing philanthropical efforts to “change the world” as hypocritical schemes that often reframe social problems as market problems, Giridharadas, a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, and author of The True American, argues that we shouldn’t entrust the common good to unelected elites, but need to look to our public institutions. True change can’t rely on charity with strings attached but must come through democracy and people working together.