“Winners Take all” by Anand Giridharadas examines the worlds of Davos and Aspen where elites strive to “changing the world” hanging out emerging with a quietly scathing report on how little they actually do to make a difference when it comes to big structural problems.
”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.
In this book Giridharadas starts with a somber observation. The world our youth grows up in is one where the appeal of working for McKinsey or Goldman Sachs is greater than that of working for an ”NGO” or government even when your goal in life is to change the world. Their parents would stand on the barricades against war or capitalism; the new generation is more compliant.
‘Winners Take All’
He points to Hilary Cohen, a recent graduate from Georgetown University, who in college did develop a sense of wanting to do good in her life and career. But if in the past a socially involved person like her would most likely end up joining the ranks of government a religious organization or an NGO, she instead chose to work for McKinsey.
“Optimism” ideology is strongest in the new epicenter of the global economy capitalists and entrepreneurs at the same time the most ambitious and the least cognizant of their adverse impact. They want to “own the universe but act like they are underdogs when it comes to their true economic impact.
The book is considered an insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.