[The Velvet Rope Economy] PDF/EBOOK
Experience into a luxury This includes not having to wait in line at amusement parks getting box seats at sports games that allow for face time with athletes retaining doctors on call donating so much money to an Ivy League school that their children are admitted and so much On the surface this book seems like a worthwhile read but it actually left me frustrated and annoyed and I m going to try to articulate whyTo begin with this book conflates two completely different things into one Citizens of a first world country are ntitled to certain things such as access to uality health care and opportunities to have an affordable ducation that will lead to middle class arnings However people are not ntitled to skip lines nor have access to famous athletes so they can get their ball signed nor partake in luxurious air travel or cruises Yet this book spends the majority of the time complaining about the latter and only a portion of it talking about the real issues of the formerIn terms of the latter the author just hasn t convinced me with his argument He s ssentially saying that it s bad that people can pay to have a better xperience than those who pay less and that worsens the divide between the classes For xample you pay to sit in first class on an airplane which comes with leg room lounge access The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) earlier boardingtc Then the people who have conomy seats look with nvy at those in first class which causes the divide between the classes to The Time of the Hunters Moon expand I don t know that seems like many jumps to get to that conclusion Butven if true I m not sure how to process thatThere is an implied argument here that I m not sure I agree with which is that it s wrong for someone to pay to get But that s the basis of any conomy If I pay for a business class ticket of course I xpect to get service and value than if I pay for an conomy class ticket Otherwise customers have no incentive to pay which then means the airlines would have no incentive to offer And if that was the case the result isn t that very customer would receive first class treatment rather it s that the airlines would give veryone the conomy treatmentBut odious than that the book also implies that when people pay for something it s because they are rich or otherwise privileged and they don t deserve to be so There is a tone of both nvy and resentment that permeates this section and it rubs me the wrong way I think a better uestion is this is the tiered system of goods what s worsening the class divide or is it that in our inter connected world where veryone can peer into Another Way Home everyonelse s lives nvy becomes of an issue Because in one case the blame is on the rich In the other case the blame is on those who feels nvious of others for having what they lack But realistically any one person can never have it all We ach have limited resources and must use those up as we see fit For xample people with kids might see value in spending their money to fast track the lines at an amusement park while older and less mobile people might see value in maid service or having a nurse on callUnless somehow we do away with human nature or we get rid of internet and TV so that people can t see what the Joneses are up to Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) envy and jealousy are just part of the norm Andveryone will just have to live with the fact that others will have things which they themselves do not have because they chose to spend their resources on other thingsNow we finally get to the part of the book where it addresses the real issues such as the lack of good health care and uality Antarctica education for the poor Butven here the book was a disappointment It treats Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America each issue superficially and doesn t get to the root of the problems Forxample people with limited means generally have bad or no health insurance because it is tied to their lack of mployment Now people with good private insurance from their mployers are free to leave struggling hospitals for better care Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics elsewhere But the book misses the discussion on why this isven an "issue to begin with It s because we live in a "to begin with It s because we live in a where a person s health insurance is based on whatever their mployer wants to offer or not versus in very other industrialized country where health insurance is uniformly provided by the government And the book does not address this crucial point at allAnother xample of a miss is around ducation The book talks about how money for field trips teacher s aids sportsmusic classes tc often comes from parent led fundraisers So in a *struggling school district parents often do not have the means to raise that *school district parents often do not have the means to raise that of money But the solution proposed in the book is that the money raised by wealthier districts should partially be given to poorer districts That might work in an idealized world but in this actual world I d bet that would be a hard sell And what s not addressed The reason we are ven in this predicament is because recent policy changes have diverted money out of The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 education which then force public officials to go begging to tax payersvery time they need money to cover the shortfall And unsurprisingly people hardly Confession ever want to pay taxes on an item by item basisThe book also spends a large amount of time bashing on parents who set their children up for admission into Ivy League schools by making donations and offering their kids college prep tutoring andxtracurriculars Sure that s rather unfair but harping on it misses other relevant points For xample Ivy League schools are on a level of competitiveness that is unreal They accept like 3% of the students who apply ven though very applicant probably has the academic rigor to succeed So the schools are forced to somehow differentiate between this 40 GPA student they accept from these thirty other 40 GPA students they reject and the only way to do so is through standards that have little to do with academic success such as how well spoken they are what community service contributions they ve made and their xtracurriculars But Ivy League schools are private and can acceptreject using whatever standards they want The point isn t to force them to accept Curators of the Buddha everybody that would be impossible and counterproductive It s to realize that public schools are where funding should go if we want ualityducation to be accessible to all But the book also misses the most important point of all when it comes to college ducation which is that the school someone gets into is not college ducation which is that the school someone gets into is not as important as what major they choose to study In this day and age certain majors such as math science and Cezanne a Study of His Development engineeringnsure job opportunities while others make it almost impossible to find jobs You Owe Me One even for an Ivy League graduateThere is so much potential that this book could havexplored yet it focuses so much nergy implying that the rich is out to game the system by paying thousands for first class tickets or the ability to cut in line at amusement parks In the flying xample it completely glosses over the fact that air travel is now cheap Obsession: An Erotic Tale enough for the masses And to achieve this airlinesssentially had to cut very amenity and pack in as many people as possible Sure it s uncomfortable but compared to the alternative of the past when flying was dignified but out of reach for veryone xcept the wealthiest that isn t something I would want to change backI could go on and rebut almost very topic covered in this book but taking mercy on the kind souls who actually read my reviews I must stop This book left me irritated and dissatisfied It spent so much time both mooning over and whining about pointless aspirational crap and missed a real opportunity to address the policy shortfalls in Edicts of Asoka essential services thatvery citizen should be Upgrade Soul entitled to By lumping the two completely disparate issues together the book makes almost no coherent argumen. T shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged And as decision makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction free side of the velvet rope they are less inclined to change orven notice the obstacles veryone lse must contend with Schwartz's must read book takes us on a behind the scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society. Schwartz is having a mid life crisis Mommy used to buy him candies when he wanted to Than mommy got him to a good school Later mommy helped him get college ducation so he won t feel stupid when meeting his school friends Mommy used to get him food and clothing And now as an adult Schwartz notices there are so many things mommy can t get him and that is UNFAIR After all he is as good as his peers mommy said covered ineuality in the spaces of theme parks sports travel healthcare ducation retail malls grocery stores and restaurantsmade me realise that when people can pay to make problems disappear Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist eg pay for private school if public schools suck there is less incentive to invest in solving the actual problemsg resources for schoolsmy takeaway public goods should not be run like businesses The Velvet Rope Economy is a shocking xpos of our continually splintering conomy and value system Schwartz skillfully navigates the playground of the super rich and their long list of premium xperiences from VIP amusement park tours and luxury sports arena boxes to better access to hospitals and ducational opportunities The real life Imaginary Runner examples and statistics he reveals invoke a wide range ofmotions from bewilderment and From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 envy to anger disgust disappointment andven fear As one very small segment of the population keeps piling on wealth the middle class struggles harder becoming isolated Fresh Water excluded and fractured Anye opening wake up call that something needs to be done to stop th There has always been an upper class in America It s unavoidable in any large industrialized nation In my youth we had private country clubs and resorts but now things have gotten much stratified Income ineuality has risen in the past 50 years and those at the top have many resources at their disposal Businesses have seen where the growth is and found lucrative and innovative new ways to cater to the super rich The problem as detailed in this French Daguerreotypes eye opening book by Nelson Schwartz is that the rich are creating anntirely separate world for themselves to such an From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read extent that their ideas and decisions the ones that affect the rest of us are based on their limitedxperiences and not ours When once the rich traveled the same roads went to the same stores and rode the same airplanes as we did there were some shared xperiences that created social bonds Now the rich increasingly have privatized verything with the result that the rest of us are left with a neglected public arena of crumbling schools infrastructure health care and public services Schwartz looks at both sides of the velvet rope that increasingly divides us He takes us on board a cruise ship to show how Doris Salcedo envy is being utilized to drive aspirational spending with special restaurants off limits to all but the richest passengers Companies are creating specialxperiences for those who can afford it and the rest of us get to look in the window and dream that someday we could have that too The problem is that most of us will never have that kind of money and at some point malicious Twelve Days of Pleasure envy takes over and threatens to take down thentire system The author takes us on a tour of Yankee Stadium and its new luxury suites and the drive to provide Gods Choice exclusivity to the richest fans Stadiums all over America have been re imagined to include new suites andxclusive foods for the richest of the rich Regular fans aren t Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye even allowed to come near the field for photos or autographs Even worseven the opportunity to buy tickets has been monetized with the advent of personal seat licenses huge fees for the rights to buy tickets to see your favorite sports team I identified with this part the most as I ve seen huge changes with the St Louis Cardinals stadiums In the old stadium tickets were affordable and suites were limited to one nosebleed section up high In the new stadium that opened in 2007 suites are Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France everywhere and all inclusive with food and drinks But instead of tickets costing 10 20 now the suite tickets go for 100 500 per seat per game I had to give up my season tickets because of the costs which now are inflated for weekends and series with close rivals like the Chicago Cubs It sntirely possible to go to a game now and barely ven notice what goes on down on the field the amenities in the suites are that much better Schwartz takes a look at the theme park *BUSINESS ANOTHER ONE CLOSE TO MY HEART AND SHOWS *another one close to my heart and shows those who want to lay out the big bucks can have much better xperiences than the rest of us VIP tours costing 400 600 and hour get you Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild exclusive access and front of the line treatment Express passes costxt First half is an ntertaining anthropological look at how the 1% live The second half is depressing This is an illuminating book about the hidden lives of the Super rich There s money to be made to provide velvet rope service to them 1 Envy special restaurants cruise within a cruise decks for people who are willing to pay a lot for special services Interestingly people in the second class cabins can be inspired to want to pay next time 2 Exclusivity special suites in stadiums including tunnels where players must pass through at the best location with gourmet food and bar no hotdogs Problem when teams lose nobody goes to those boxes and the stadium can look mpty Special access for music festivals 3 Ease frictionless private airports lounges limousine transfer from home to lounge and from lounge to plane Fast pass for universal studios VIP tours for Disney 4 Access Consierge medical service that helps clients jump ueues to see top Doctors and find the right clinical trials for clients who have run out of usual treatment options Access to Ivy League with a huge donation or coaching classes staffed by people who used to work in Admission office themselves 5 Security private fire fighters who only put off fires in your property regular consultation to reduce risk of fire Outside the velvet ropeExclusion Division isolation closing of rural Hospitals grocery stores malls Poor and ven middle class kids not able to join school sports Anyway the best coaches are all in private sports clubs now Public schools with lots of donations vs others without Cuts after cuts for public services when the rich get their own private ones Solution EgalitarianismSouthwest Airlines without different classes Green Bay Packers stadium Brandon Dunes Golf courses Treat veryone the same and leave some money on the table Of course consumers need to support these firms as well for this to work The recent results from a Gallup Poll Jan 2018 showed that 36% Americans are dissatisfied with the ability to get ahead by working hardThis should not be a surprise for anyone working today for peanuts while Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 exhausting themselves daily for 10c raises as Top ProducersAssociate of the Months and whatever other title they wiggle in your face to try to achieveI know this because like many of you I went from upper middle toxtreme poverty now officially locked in to the bottom rowYou might ask how Well divorce bankruptcy no in to the bottom rowYou might ask how Well divorce bankruptcy no support for over a year living on credit to raise a family of four legalmedical xpenses maritalcredit debt student loan debt by way that MPA never used to raise 3 kids with son med disabled for life since birthI mention this once again not for sympathy not mpathy not compassion as I know that s not the norm today but to show that working hard is a farce as it s a tough competition today with not only the college kids but the low salaries the stagnant wages the lack of benefits and cutting hours just below F T yes I see you Runaway Wedding employers and the work to death motto that leaves you with nothing than higher medical billsHow should I know as I worked at a factory as top producer in two departments while being video taped by my bosses to show others From New York Times business reporter Nelson D Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans invery arena of life creating a friction free xistence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other sideIn nearly very realm of daily life from health care to ducation highways to home security there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans.
summary The Velvet Rope EconomyOw it s done The garbage guy who didn t work off conveyor allowed to move freely wo uestion never begged for toilet breaks or fresh air circulation from dusty fans overhead made than me working like a nutI was paid xactly 725 hr w 10cent raise with 25 one time bonuses for associate of the month awardsYIPPEEEEI would add that same job pays the same wages from when I worked as a teen now 47 next MayIs this the Make America Great Again that they all spoke of so beautifully or are we being sold mpty promises and broken dreams ps Malignant Narcissist survivor tooSo yes when I say the welfare to work is to force others into mployment wo care or concern for safety or survival I MEAN ITYou see while in xtreme poverty my son 19 yo now full time college was taken off SSISSP in March just before graduating high school in May and ironically the same day the welfare to work took ffectNow push forward a few months he then nrolled full time night classes at college 1st yr freshman and he has his food stamps taken awayand they wonder why colleges now have food banks inside of themWhat the hell is wrong with peopleYou see my family and I were left bankrupt and homeless after divorcing an abusive spouse with an active pfa and violation w his arrest and 3 month probation for nrollment into alcohol and drug and anger management coursesA warrant was issued for his failure to pay and appear for court and child support w 15 k arrearsI had given up career to raise med disabled son w vater syndrome for 19 yrsI have looked for a job since 2010 separation and 2013 divorce w 3 interviews this after attending job fairs networking referrals cold calls begging placing resumes online after updating at undergrad colleges with linkedin business accounts Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One etcI was just passed up with my 20 yrs volunteeringxperience and Points of Light Award for a college girl who was basically on the yearbook staff as a content writer Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) even though I currently work unpaid as a national trade blogger with over 9 major publications producing over 1k reviews yearly at GoodreadsNetGalley and having wonvery award for high reviews and statsSo folks please do continue with the hard work pays nonsense but it s not what you do it s who you know how much money you possess and what your age race and other factors like class and credit are in today s worldYou see those wo credit can t get jobs nor housing nor will landlords rent to those w kids or past abuse histories This is factYou might also not be aware that shelters won t take in women and kids nope just women and they must not be in the facility during the day but seeking workEBT is not a handout but handup and I know this all too well as I continue to dispose of the myths and misconceptions having had my food insecurities told to Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe every member of Congress in Community VoicesSo sure when those who ve been fed the lies approach me I want to rip their heads off because the stories about welfare recipients and the abuse of the system or the character judgement is so off center and made to be a catch all or nothing responseThe facts are when you have welfare providing income than minimum wagemployment than you have yourself a huge problem In Pennsylvania it s 653 income if you have to support a family and you can t get paid a living wage to raise a family wouldn t you make the same choice others are now being forced to make Would you think this is milking or survival You tell meWhat if you needed benefits because your family member was disabled or suffered other lifelong illnesses or ailments What if I told you Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time employers deliberately pay under 40 hrs to not provide benefits Would you think less of others for seeking benefits to survive Or in my case with spinal stenosis causing leg paralysis raynaud s phenomenon severe anemia w dyspnea vater syndrome and much much This is reality folks and though the GET A JOB comments arenduring they are not reality for many One Wild Weekend especially those my age or older who can t get hired from age discriminationIf you think it doesn txists I ask why would a company wish to hire a LT unemployed homemaker whose overualified and lacks prior work Forgetful of Their Sex experience with a family of 4 to support on benefits and flex schedules when they canasily go to greener pastures with a college student that is young and not often seeking such accolades to survive but rather need to get foot in door to start the dreaded loan process or defermentIn fact you cannot write off those student loans in bankruptcy so good luck with all that debtThe author illustrates a point when he notes 82% said income ineuality is a major problem according to his research from Pew Research Center Oct 2017In ssence the middle class is being hollowed out very day as we nter a feudal system for the top 1% rather than a sustainable working class capitalist systemIf you want the truth I provide this video from my former boss President of Al Beech a local food bank for which I volunteered Here she puts on full display the myths and misconceptions she herself had which resembled what many now believe and how wrong she was in her own professional words information about poverty EBT food insecurities and please visit my profile or check out these links and then tell me hard work pays 38 to see my story told by Rose DeLauro D Conn on the topics of LT Unemployment and Extreme Poverty Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for advance copy of this book in xchange for my honest review I d thought I d start a non fiction book so I wasn t up too late This Walled (The Line, ended up keeping me up It reads smoothly transitioning and segueing into different areas withoutffort I won t say this book didn t trouble mea lot Just this morning we were discussing how Disney has now fallen into this and they are offering VIP seating for the parades plaid shirt treatment for a price Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany etc The book delves into how this came about and how it creeps into areas we wouldn txpect such as medical care I ll be thinking about this book for some time to come Highly recommended The rise of the Velvet Rope Economy marks an nd to the great democratization of American life in the post World War II ra What is the Velvet Rope The Velvet Rope uses class segregation to help businesses profit Think of the fast pass systems at theme parks that only certain family groups can afford Or the better seats at a sporting vent Or ven private ducation Why are businesses profiting from class segregation How did we get hereThere are several xamples for verything this book states You will be familiar with most of them if you have lived in the US for most of your life If you have not this might be a big ye opener Different treatment benefits and price discrimination due to socioeconomic status is proven in airline services theme parks sporting vents health care and ducation to name a few that are used as Apocalyptic Cartography examples in this book It favors the people who have the money The first part of the book is about the superlite that are inside of the Velvet Rope 5% 54% on a Kindle and the second half is about those outside of the Velvet Rope 54% 83% on a Kindle Exclusivity social brain hypothesis soft benefits vs hard benefits situational ineuality Pareto optimality and class segregation are used to support the ideology behind the Velvet Rope Economy people will be left out of the conomic system as and information accumulates It only focuses
*on the present *the present what that looks like right now It does xplain that we are headed to a caste system but goes no furtherThis is a well researched book that is accessible to the average reader Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy Opinions are my own The *Velvet Rope Economy Shows *Rope Economy shows the ultra wealthy can pay their way past all the inconveniences in their lives and turn very. Live On one side of the rope for a price red tape is cut lines are jumped appointments are secured and doors are opened On the other side middle and working class Americans fight to find an mpty seat on the plane a place in line with their kids at the amusement park a college acceptance or a hospital bed We are all aware of the gap between the rich and Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven everyonelse but when we weren't looking business innovators stepped in to xploit