A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy.
Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters.
How did we get here? With Twilight of the Elites, Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer. Since the 1960s, as the meritocracy elevated a more diverse group of men and women into power, they learned to embrace the accelerating inequality that had placed them near the very top. Their ascension heightened social distance and spawned a new American elite - one more prone to failure and corruption than any that came before it.
Mixing deft political analysis, timely social commentary, and deep historical understanding, Twilight of the Elites describes how the society we have come to inhabit - utterly forgiving at the top and relentlessly punitive at the bottom - produces leaders who are out of touch with the people they have been trusted to govern. Hayes argues that the public's failure to trust the federal government, corporate America, and the media has led to a crisis of authority that threatens to engulf not just our politics but our day-to-day lives.
Upending well-worn ideological and partisan categories, Hayes entirely reorients our perspective on our times. Twilight of the Elites is the defining work of social criticism for the post-bailout age.
©2012 Christopher Hayes (P)2012 Random House Audio
"[L]ively and well-informed.Offering feasible proposals for change, this cogent social commentary urges us to reconstruct our institutions so we can once again trust them." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] forcefully written debut.... A provocative discussion of the deeper causes of our current discontent, written with verve and meriting wide interest." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is the Next Big Thing that we have been waiting for. Twilight of the Elites is the fully reported, detailed, true story of a 21st century America beyond the reach of authority. It's new, and true, and beautifully told - Hayes is the young left's most erudite and urgent interpreter. Brilliant book." (Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show and author of Drift)
Yes, I'm a liberal, so, I like him.
No, except I had to laugh at the stupid conservative Republicans.
One of the best books about what happened this last decade and how the elite have betrayed our confidence and set us adrift in an institutional black hole. The Church, Major-League baseball, the financial community and the political process are institutions that have failed us and left us looking for a new way to regain trust in anything in our lives. Chris carefully explains how our institutions have failed us and how we need to navigate in the world void of a trust in them.
Understanding Why !!
getting a better view and understanding of why things happen and how they are influenced will help get things changed for the better if you choose to do something about it :-)
One of the most informative, new thought, audiobooks I've listened to.
Hayes proves that the tea party and occupy wallstreet movement are one in the same.
"The teaparty wants to live back in the 50's and occupy wallstreeters want to work in the 50's." Love it.
It's liberal talk radio. I could get that on FM. I don't listen to talk radio, of any persuasion.
baseball steroid analysis earned the two stars.
disclaimer: Those who like this book may attribute my review to being part of "a group of hypereducated, ambitious overachievers who enjoy tremendous monetary rewards as well as unparalleled political power and prestige, and yet who manage to insulate themselves from sanction, competition, and accountability ..." -- Chapter 2. For the record, I don't think so.
Chris Hayes is a skilled speaker and writer. He is unfailingly intelligent, critical and honest. His book is absolutely worth a read or a listen and will educate and interest a wide range of audiences.
So many real life examples and data & sarcatic humor by Chris Hayes
Story bout Major league baseball gettin exposed wit steriod usage and how it plays into corruption among the elites
Every character Exposing Right Wing / Tea Party Leader
Toxic BS propaganda of the elites
Totally refreshing, Chris Hayes is a master of words. Never heard anyone explain and expose the Right wing elites so well, definately worth a read, you will not be dissappointed (1 of my all time favs)
One of the best. Inspirational, a call to action and answers the question "why are things so messed up right now"?
Emotional, read his own book so knew exactly what to emphasize.
Meritocracy isn't perfect.
I think everyone should read this book.
Chris Hayes was able to fill your mind full of useful facts while keeping you very entertained.
While I am a lifelong sports fan I learned several details that I had not known before.
I have not.
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