The Charade Around Changing the World
A society is only as good as its active citizenship.
We are actually living on the cusp, if we choose it, of an extraordinary time.
Generosity is not a substitute for justice. It is not the same thing as justice.
When the winners of our age takeover social change and the entrepreneurial class becomes in charge of it, they show up on crime scenes with the engineer mentality and they try to strip away blame and the very idea of justice from the improvement of our society.
There are two kinds of social problems — engine problems and crime scene problems.
Rich and powerful people in our time really do want to help, but they have certain requirements for how they want to feel in their helping. They want to feel consulted, useful, and not blamed.
My whole book [Winners Take All] is about rich people trying to change the world while making sure their world doesn't change.
In extraordinary inequality, you end up with this dual psychology of 'I want to help' and 'I can't afford to not remain at the top of this heap.
In New York, it is punishing to be in the middle.
We live in a time of extraordinary inequality. Extreme inequality creates a dual psychology.
In writing, if you are telling people things that they already know, that's not good. If you are telling people things they've never though of before or have no relation to their reality, that's also not good. Ideally, you want to tell people things that they've vaguely sensed and you want to elevate that to a level of being out there.
How do we absolutely defend the values of equality, pluralism, and openness while seeking to be a movement of persuasion rather than self-satisfaction?
I don't think the 'woke' are going to be very safe if we just circle the wagons of the woke.
Is there space among the woke for the still waking?
There are millions of people who are still undecided on whether they're down with the new America or not.
An America that is open, plural, gender equal, tolerant, and brings the whole world in — that's the mega force.
I'm still in many rooms that are old and problematic, but I'm also in a lot of room that are radically new.
We can't afford to lose sight of the extraordinary thing we're trying to do and the way in which we're actually doing it.
We have to be mindful of the bigger arc of history.
America is on track to basically become a subset of humanity.