In his 2019 book Winners Take All, Anand Giridharadas launched a searing attack on the global elites. Now he turns his thoughts to the post-pandemic world. Is the crisis an opportunity to create a more egalitarian society? How can the powerful be prevented from exploiting the situation to further entrench their advantages?
Giridharadas will explain that he sees this moment as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvent the relationship between the citizen, the market and the state. Policies such as Universal Basic Income, previously seen as radical, are entering the mainstream. Public healthcare workers are being treated as heroes. And grave economic forecasts are leading to a renewed appetite for government intervention in the economy.
So will we see a new form of capitalism after corona? Or will we return to business as usual?
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas is available now from Waterstones.
Speakers are subject to change.