Facinating. Thought provoking. Truely a book that intelligent people interested in the current state of the political sphere should read. He interweaves the history that lead us to this point with the psycology of the masses in the waves of the failings of authority.
Good recognition of problems and gets close to the most logical solution before retreating into orthodoxy. Devolution of authority to the lowest competent level would help.
I read a lot of political books and this one really stood out from the pack. A novel thesis backed by compelling arguments. Any thinking person owes it to themselves to give it a listen.
Twilight of the Elites was informative and opens yours eyes to just how much power has been concentrated in a small group of the last few decades. However, the author's obsession with global warming is annoying; if you don't agree you're obviously an idiot for not reading and agreeing with all the "elite" scientists. His left leaning views permeate the book and are demeaning by choice; i.e. John McCain came from naval royalty, owns lots houses, and is married to a wealthy heiress. No mention of his service or sacrifice for the country as a POW. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'reilly were singled out as media pundits who used their status to write NYT best selling books; "another example of the rich getting richer." Perhaps, but why single them out when plenty of lefty's do the same. However, I will give him credit, the discussion of revolving door of wealthy business execs given lucrative govt jobs where they supervise the industry they just came from was pretty entertaining. The discussion of fractal inequality was pretty interesting too.
The subject of the concentration of power is something that should be of interest to everyone, not just the left, so I'm not sure why he went out of his way to harp on the right so much. IMO it detracts from the book.
Despite having read other similar books I trusted the reviews and listened to this book as well. It explains well, why we are stuck in a society run by the top and why the elite have difficulty emphasizing with the rest of us.
The main thing I took away from this book was that problems the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent when they created our system of government have managed to return and we are essentially back at a similar point. The current people who occupy positions of power are unable to self-correct and want to continue with the status quo just like the British of the 18th century trying to run the distant colonies in North America. This book does a good job making the case that our government is no longer beholden to the people as it was intended but is instead run by a handful of elite lobbyists and political families that come from privileged backgrounds that do not represent the average American. Unfortunately, though there are a lot of great examples making this point, the book comes short of offering any real solutions. Only the last chapter gets into solutions, and they are pretty broad and vague.
Nonetheless, this book made me realize that we are at (or nearly at) a critical time in our country's history not unlike the revolutionary times of the 18th century. Massive changes must occur, so if we don't intentionally decide to self-correct, we are in for a massive collapse of our culture
Finally, I'm not a big fan of the author's performance. He seems to have trouble enunciate words and I found it quite annoying at times. It would probably be better having a professional "reader" read the book instead of the author himself.
My husband and I have seen Chris since he first started appearing on MSNBC. We have watched him grow as a TV personality. We lovingly call him 'junior."
As a talking head, Chris is OK, but we quickly saw where his talents lie. He is a wonderful moderator and has the most interesting discussions with his guests on his morning show, UP with Chris.
And the art of discussions is at the heart of what this book is about. The one thing that will make America a stronger country is open dialogue that gets to that heart of the issue and opens it up to many differet facets and points of view.
Chris does a great job of explaining why our current system is in the process of change and why this is inevable.
Sometimes I had listen to him on the slow speed to really digest what he was saying becasue he thinks as fast as he talks and it is a lot to take in at one time.
But he blew me away; I was so impressed with his book! I wish I could get more young people to read it because he has the antidote to apathy.
Yes, this is an accessible arguement about an important problem. Hayes, patiently but without condescention, gives his readers a coherent argument as to why meritocracy leads to an "entitled" elite that loses sight of its moral bearings.