The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business

The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business Review

From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life--from health care to education, highways to home security--there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans 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 empty 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 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 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--or even notice--the obstacles everyone else 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.

Title:The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business
Edition Language:English

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  • Yun

    The Velvet Rope Economy shows how the ultra-wealthy can pay their way past all the inconveniences in their lives and turn every experience into a luxury. This includes not having to wait in line at am...

  • Paige

    "The rise of the Velvet Rope Economy marks an end to the great democratization of American life in the post-World War II era." What is the Velvet Rope? The Velvet Rope uses class segregation to hel...

  • Donna Hines

    The recent results from a Gallup Poll (Jan 2018) showed that 36% Americans are dissatisfied with the ability to get ahead by working hard!This should not be a surprise for anyone working today for pea...

  • Sue Fernandez

    Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I'd thought I'd start a non-fiction book so I wasn't up too late. This ended up keeping me up...

  • Elizabeth Fensin

    First half is an entertaining anthropological look at how the 1% live. The second half is depressing....

  • Becky Diamond

    The Velvet Rope Economy is a shocking exposé of our continually splintering economy and value system. Schwartz skillfully navigates the playground of the super-rich and their long list of premium exp...

  • Ietrio

    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 education so he won't feel stupid when me...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    Most of the information in the book you probably already know, such as that if you pay extra you can get personalized guided tours of Disneyland and that one of the reasons airlines make economy class...

  • Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!...

  • Kate Roark

    Interesting account of the "velvet rope" separating the haves and have-nots in the economy. While elites get special access to education, sporting events, travel, etc., others face a lack of access in...