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by Hannah Leitheiser

Zoom in

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Anand Giridharadas




"...the second step [for thought leaders who want to give popular talks] is to do the opposite of what a generation of feminists had taught us to do. That movement had given us the phrase 'the personal is political' credited as a message from Carol helped people to see things that happened in the quiet of personal life, but happened again and again because of the scale of the system, and happen because of forces no individual was powerful enough to counteract alone...

In our own time the thought leaders have often been deployed to help us see problems in precisely the opposite way...but using the power of their thoughts to help us zoom in, and see smaller." - Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (2018)

Yes, people dislike those who threaten power by expressing injustice or inconsistencies, which is part of what academic feminists do. Yes, as people are eager to point out, gender studies is not respectable or profitable.
Talk about individuals instead.