The Wealthy Promise to “Change the World.” Are they?
“World changing has been co-opted by the rich and powerful,” says our guest Anand Giridharadas, a former New York Times columnist and author of the book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. In recent decades, corporations have been catering to a new generation of conscious consumers by posing themselves as ethically responsible and charitable. But Giridharadas argues that these American corporations and elites generally seek to maintain exploitative systems that cause many of the problems they purport to fix. To discuss this apparent hypocrisy with Giridharadas is Jeffrey Winters, director of Northwestern University's Equality Development and Globalization Studies Program and author of Oligarchy. Giridharadas will speak at the Chicago Ideas Festival on Thursday, October 18th.