March 22, 2013

Book Review: 'Twilight of the Elites' by Christopher Hayes

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No... not that kind of Twilight. This week was spring break and I finished three books (yipee!). Two were marketing related but one was Christopher Hayes's Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy that I've been dying to finish but unfortunately just haven't had much time for other reading. It has been described as an important reading for all Americans. Merriam-Webster defines meritocracy as:

a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement

Twilight of the Elites unveils that this idea of "meritocracy" has actually lead to a long bloodline of corruption in all of our country's major institutions from financial banks to the Catholic church. Each chapter he discusses where the roots of such corruption stem from and sometimes the answer may surprise you. Failed education, high imprisonment rates, obesity are all tied together on the need to keep down a particular minority. The idea to put the "smartest" and "brightest" did not serve our country well and we need to make a radical change or another crisis is almost a guarantee.

Most importantly, he leaves the last chapter to help offer advice so you don't feel helpless. He concludes:

Equality is never a final state, democracy never a stable equilibrium: they are process, they are struggles. Our task now is to recognize that that struggles is ours.

I highly recommend it to everyone because you should know what's going on in the country you're a citizen of. Many things will anger you but that shouldn't discourage you. You should support people making change like Chris Hayes who has his own show on MSNBC and be an active participant (be aware of what and who you're voting for, etc). Sometimes we forget that while the 1% may hold all the money that the masses in fact hold all the power, we just need to not get lazy about it.

What books have you read lately?


  1. Wow. This sounds like a powerful read!

  2. Just added it to my to my reading list. Currently reading Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. Pretty great so far!

  3. I have this on hold at the library. I'm excited to read it!


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