Winners Take All

Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Book - 2018
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An insider's groundbreaking investigation of the ways the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
ISBN: 9780451493248
Branch Call Number: 303.40973 G4433w 2018
Characteristics: pages cm

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dirtbag
Nov 18, 2018

He is very harsh towards his livelihood for a man who is part of the problem. Check out the back plate of his book where he says he is available for select speaking engagements. I guess he chooses his own audience.

If he had taken his one idea and delivered it in a short essay it would have been interesting and approachable. Instead, he wrote a 200+ page book and beat his readers with it to the point of boredom.

I was wondering whether he was talking about himself on page 114/115:

'Sinek was not burdened by a multiplicity of ideas. This was his one big idea, and he now set out to spread it. "I'm a preacher of a gospel, and I am looking for people to join me in the gospel and help me preach the good word.", he said. For the aspiring thought leader, it is less important to have an undergirding of scholarly research than it is to BE your idea--to perform and hawk it relentlessly. Sinek was good at this: he embodied his own dogma about living one's life in the service of a single pulsing "why". He had confidence and zeal and persistence. He knew how to "productize" his thoughts, as they say in the business world.........Thought-leaders-in-the-making might have to compromise themselves, but that compromise can be lavishly rewarded'

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gvenkatesh
Nov 18, 2018

This excellent tome is a credible and entertaining indictment of the hubris that pervades the playgrounds of the elite from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. It is quite brutal in its depiction of the charade and hypocrisy spouted by well known personalities - from industry leaders to financiers - that in a past society would have made them cower under the sheets in bed all day being so fully exposed to their own charade. But they won’t do so in the current world precisely for the reason that is the prominent theme in this work - that they have become so entrenched in their own self-created hubris that they would be incapable of seeing it in any negative way.

The elite that fancy themselves as change agents for a better world keep creating new problems for the world with the net effect of not changing the world for the better for anyone but themselves. Perhaps a form of Munchausen by proxy.

It is a very relevant piece of work with rich ideas and themes for the contemporary world in the tradition of intellectual critics such as Voltaire or Zola. But as the author points out public intellectuals have now been replaced by thought leaders who don’t rock the boat and promote status quo instead so a work like this may not make a dent in the hubris.

The most unfortunate take away from the work is the realization that people like Donald Trump are not anamolies but just an over-sized composite caricature of the elite of the world convincing themselves and others that they are trying to better the world for the common man all the while further enriching themselves.

Highly recommended.

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