Winners Take All

Anand Giridharadas’ new book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World is a criticism of the elite who, he believes, have convinced themselves that they are changing the world via philanthropy but instead are merely helping entrench a system where elites gain more power, the poor have less power, and society is more reliant on the goodwill of the rich. Well maybe that’s true of some people but we don’t see it among our donors.  Most of our individual supporters are rich egalitarians (if you are interested in what that means read If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re so Rich? ) who don’t think they are “solving” the world problems but perhaps quietly using their time and treasure to make our imperfect world at least a little bit better for their fellow New Yorkers. That’s enough for them and its enough for us too.

“Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.”  (Joseph Addison)