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              The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business

              The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business (Hardback)

              By Schwartz, Nelson D.

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              From a prizewinning New York Times business reporter, a shocking expose of the ways a velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money and a Darwininan struggle for those on the other side--and how the business world in...novates joyfully and profits wildly from the division. In nearly every realm of daily life--from health care to education, highways to home security--there is an invisible velvet rope rising, separating Americans into two radically different experiences of life. On one side is a friction-free existence where, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side of the rope, friction is practically the defining characteristic, with middle-and working-class Americans facing a Darwinian fight for an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, a hospital bed. We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to serve the privileged. New York Times business reporter Nelson Schwartz offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the velvet rope economy and shows the toll of velvet rope innovation on the rest of us. What's more, he shows that as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change--or even notice--the barriers everyone else must contend with.
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              ISBN 9780385543088
              Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
              Publisher Doubleday Books
              Interest Age General Audience
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