Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas


Writer, working on a book for @AAKnopf. Author of @TheTrueAmerican & #IndiaCalling. Bylines at @NYTimes. Chats at TED & on TV. Husband of @PriyaParker. Father.

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He is the reductio ad absurdum of neoliberalism. Businesspersons are smarter than everyone else. Businesspersons are most capable of solving problems (they helped cause). Businesspersons, succeeding at one thing, should take over all things. Countries are businesses.

So Trump gives us a chance to end the age of capital, and defeat the neoliberal ideology that underpinned it. He is the kind of event that demolishes entire ideological stadiums. The question is, Will we be brave enough to elect a leader who can build a new stadium?

Even more basically, which candidates actually want to build a new stadium? And which just want to pass the ball back to the other side of the field, within Reagan's neoliberal stadium?

If you remain undecided in this race, do me a favor and try this: First reflect on whether you want a new stadium built or are comfortable with the ball changing hands within this one. Then evaluate candidates you're considering and classify them as stadium keepers or breakers.

OMG thanks so much!!! I like your threads, too.

I love how people think it's an original idea to have the poor and disenfranchised weigh in on how rich people's money gets spent. Tax it. Tax it a lot. And then everyone votes on what to do with it. Pretty good system.

So please don't mischaracterize my ethics, @danpallotta  . Not sure if you're a big reader, but what I've been arguing for pretty consistently is listening to the poor and disenfranchised through the amazing system we have built to do so -- not having rich people rule by whim.

“When leaders act like kids, kids act like leaders.” #ClimateStrike 

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The NYC #ClimateStrike  is launching from the very courthouse where @realDonaldTrump  could very well one day receive his sentence.

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🚨, my Dutch brother from another mother and the specter that haunted Davos, causes Tucker Carlson to have a meltdown. The episode didn’t air, but now the footage has been leaked.

Joe Biden's answer on how to address the legacy of slavery was appalling -- and disqualifying. It ended in a sermon implying that black parents don't know how to raise their own children. This cannot go on. #DemDebate 

Amazing video of @IvankaTrump  trying to butt in to actual world leaders’ conversation and their unconcealable irritation.

I will never be able to understand the dripping skepticism of so many in American media toward social policies that are already in place in virtually every other rich country. Are you saying that we, the richest country in human civilization, are uniquely unable to afford them?

On @Forbes 's list of America's 100 "Most Innovative Leaders," there are twice as many men named Stanley as there are women of any name. And there are only two Stanleys. That's right: 99 of America's 100 most innovative leaders are men, @Forbes  says.

This is the ideology of our age captured in a single tweet. Systemic problems recast as individual problems. Corporate greed recast as personal failure. A bank claiming to "motivate" its customers by mocking them for structural economic problems the bank is complicit in causing.

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Stunning new data: The world’s 2,200 billionaires grew 12 percent wealthier in 2018. Meanwhile, the bottom half of the world got 11 percent poorer. Don’t be Pinkered into everything’s-getting-better complacency. The few are monopolizing progress.

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