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Twilight of the Elites - America After Meritocracy

Chris Hayes

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 13m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:26


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:18


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:52


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:43


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:44


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:17


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:21


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:36