It’s great that this book is getting acclaim. It’s well deserved. I can’t put it down. Anand Giridharadas does a great job of laying out, albeit at a high level, what I’ve been rambling on about for years now.
The book does a great job of dissecting what’s ailing us. For me it’s just more proof that regulations, the government, or tech won’t save us. It clearly shows that think tanks such as the Aspen Institute are nothing more than a celebration of themselves.
A somewhat new thought I’m stuck with from the book is that the wealthy don’t do what’s best for us – they do what’s best for them. I’m even more convinced that we need to kick down the door of thought that just because someone is rich or went to Harvard, they know what’s best. Obama lined his cabinet with Harvard Alum, we know how that worked out.
If we’re going to make it out of this mess we’re in it’s going to be up to us, the people, to force change. Because as Saul Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals, “power is never ceded without demand”.
Please read this book. Then start taking actions. Like telling Facebook and Twitter to fuck off.