Winners Take All is a behind the scenes look at wealthy and power within corporate globalism. It reveals a system where big business creates problems by how they run their companies, and then seek to solves the problems they create. In the first act, they acquire wealth. In the second, they put on a show that aims to earn popular admiration. Or, as author Anand Giridharadas like to say, “Plutes gonna plute.”
This is not saying that there is anything wrong with the goal of wealth creation. It is saying that there is something wrong with wealth creation at the expense of others. There is no issue with a business owner making money. However, there is a problem with a business owner making more money by not paying a living wage, not providing health care, and engaging in business practices that are harmful to the planet we all share. Moreover, there is something especially vile about a business owner who does harm to their employees and the planet and then pretends to the solution to the problems created. That is the world that, Winners Take All, exposes. It is a society sold as meritocratic but really based on oppression.
As a follower of Jesus, I have no desire to create a Christian nation. However, I do have a calling to make sure those who are seen as the societal least are cared for. I do have a mandate as a steward of the planet. So there is a prophetic calling to speak out against systems of oppression, and for that reason I stand with Anand.