Covered ineuality in the spaces of theme parks sports travel healthcare education retail malls grocery stores and restaurantsmade me realise that when people can pay to make problems disappear eg pay for private school if public schools suck there is less incentive to invest in solving the actual problems eg resources for schoolsmy takeaway public goods should not be run like businesses First half is an entertaining anthropological look at how the 1% live The second half is depressing 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 It reads smoothly transitioning and segueing into different areas without effort 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 etc The book delves into how this came about and how it creeps into areas we wouldn t expect such as medical care I ll be thinking about this book for some time to come Highly recommended 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 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 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 eye opening book by Nelson Schwartz is that the rich are creating an entirely separate world for themselves to such an extent that their ideas and decisions the ones that affect the rest of us are based on their limited experiences 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 experiences that created social bonds Now the rich increasingly have privatized everything 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 envy is being utilized to drive aspirational spending with special restaurants off limits to all but the richest passengers Companies are creating special experiences 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 envy takes
over and threatens to take down the entire system The author takes us on a and threatens to take down the entire system The author takes us on a of Yankee Stadium and its new luxury suites and the drive to provide exclusivity to the richest fans Stadiums all over America have been re imagined to include new suites and exclusive foods for the richest of the rich Regular fans aren t even allowed to come near the field for photos or autographs Even worse even 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 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 s entirely possible to go to a game now and barely even 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 how those who want to lay out the big bucks can have much better experiences than the rest of us VIP tours costing 400 600 and hour get you exclusive access and front of the line treatment Express passes cost extra but they mean separate lines one for the hot sweaty poor people who have to wait an hour or and one for the elite who breeze right through and onto the rides and shows The book takes a look at concierge medicine where and doctors are giving up private practice for this expensive alternative where fewer patients are being seen but given access to the doctors "and best research getting appointments with specialists these "best research Getting appointments with specialists these can take months and in cases like cancer where time is critical timely appointments can mean life or death With the concierge system and the right connections the wealthy can get in with specialists in a much shorter time period There is a group known as Ivy Wise that helps high school students prepare for they competitive application process for the best schools If you have the money they will use their extensive expertise from a pool of ex admissions officials to tell you exactly what the schools are looking for that year and how best to get your child admitted No need to go the Laurie Laughlin route of bribing coaches Or you can take the Jared Kushner way and have your parents donate millions to a school and then they will take you in even with mediocre grades On the other side of the velvet rope the book examines how public schools are struggling Not only are academics struggling but sports and activities hav. 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 sideIn 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.
Care or concern for safety or survival I MEAN ITYou see while in extreme poverty my son 19 yo now full time college was taken off SSISSP in March ust before graduating high school in May and ironically the same day the welfare to work took effectNow push forward a few months he then enrolled 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 enrollment 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 Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor job since 2010 separation and 2013 divorce w 3 interviews this after attendingob fairs networking referrals cold calls begging placing resumes online after updating at undergrad colleges with linkedin business accounts etcI was ust passed up with my 20 yrs volunteering experience and Points of Light Award for a college girl who was basically on the yearbook staff as a content writer 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 won every 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 obs 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 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, 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 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 characterudgement is so off center and made to be a catch all or nothing responseThe facts are when you have welfare providing income than minimum wage employment 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 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 are enduring they are not reality for many especially those " the GET A JOB comments are enduring they are not reality for many especially those age or older who can t get hired from age discriminationIf you think it doesn t exists I ask why would a company wish to hire a LT unemployed homemaker whose overualified and lacks prior work experience with a family of 4 to support on benefits and flex schedules when they can easily 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 essence the middle class is being hollowed out every day as we enter 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 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 amusement parks getting box seats at sports games that allow "wait in line at amusement parks getting box seats at sports games that allow 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 go The Velvet Rope Economy is a shocking expos of our continually splintering economy and value system Schwartz skillfully navigates 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 goe 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 Velv. 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 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.
Free download ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ë Nelson D. SchwartzE become privatized with the advent of club teams and activity fees Where once participation in teams was open to all with the desire and ability now school sports are highly stratified with middle class parents struggling to figure out how to pay heavy fees so that their kid can be on a team in band or even go on a field trip The wealthy can supplement their school s offerings through generous PTA donations which the richest public schools utilize on top of their budget Mind you this is for public school systems don t forget that the rich have a large system of private schools that provide superior teachers class sizes and facilities Schwartz takes a much needed look at the world of shopping and malls While many middle class department stores like Sears Penneys and Macy s are struggling malls that cater to the rich are doing uite well as are dollar stores With the decline of malls comes a decline in social capital and community feel as shoppers mingle less and less Dollar stores are a big threat in smaller communities because their cheap prices undercut those of local grocery stores With the main problem being that all food at dollar stores is packaged and processed no fresh produce or meat Dollar stores have half the employees as grocery stores and give very little back to the communities in which they operate He also takes a look at the restaurant industry and how moderately priced chains like Ruby Tuesday have suffered since the great recession of 2008 when their customers switched down to fast food Moderate chains like IHOP Cracker Barrel Applebees are all hurting while higher priced restaurants like Ruths Chris Steakhouse is thriving We are headed towards a world where McDonalds and Five Star reservation only restaurants are the only options The book details something I d never heard of called the pretrial diversion program where ustice is basically for sale For those who can afford to pay trials are called off and remedies are assessed such as community service or classes Much has been written about the unfairness of our legal system and the velvet rope economy runs through ails as well Unless you are lucky enough to be in the 1% this book is a depressing read We all know the rich get special treatment but this book shows how coddled they truly are If you are one of the lucky few you get the best doctors schools neighborhoods stores and vacation spots where everybody caters to you and never tells you anything bad You can get private fire protection for your mountain home private airplanes and helicopters to avoid traffic and TSA screenings exclusive seats for music and sporting events where there are no lines for anything and for enough money you can hobnob with celebrities and politicians My God no wonder these people become so out of touch with reality This kind of imbalance often doesn t end well only a major depression or revolution shakes up a system like this Certainly the 1% will never voluntarily give up their privileged status Luckily the final chapter tries to go into the few areas where there is still resistance to the velvet rope economy Schwartz highlights Southwest Airlines where all passengers are treated roughly the same He heaps praise on the Green Bay Packers a football team in a small market that has resisted the mania for expensive suites that sap the fun out of games and
fans There are some hopeful spots the author points out but the trend definitely seemsThere are some hopeful spots the author points out but the trend definitely seems be headed the other way This book is a good step towards recognizing what we re losing when the public space is being privatized for profit with the wealthiest 1% being the primary beneficiary Capitalism exists with the consent of the people doing the buying selling and creating If people took time to think about what we re willing to give up by letting the velvet rope divide us perhaps there would be fewer ropes and community Only when the 99% can see hope that their world is community Only when the 99% can see hope that their world is better does having a velvet rope make sense When things are falling apart like they are today visions of Ivanka Trump and Marie Antoinette show a elite on a precarious perch 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 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 to extreme poverty now officially locked in to the bottom rowYou might ask how Well divorce bankruptcy no child support for over a year living on credit to raise a family of four legalmedical expenses 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 empathy 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 Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines just below F T yes I see you 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 how 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 exactly 725 hr w 10cent raise with 25 one time bonuses for associate of the month awardsYIPPEEEEI would add that sameob pays the same wages from when I worked "as a teen now 47 next MayIs this the Make America Great Again "a teen now 47 next MayIs this the Make America Great Again they all spoke of so beautifully or are we being sold empty promises and broken dreams ps Malignant Narcissist survivor tooSo yes when I say the welfare to work is to force others into employment wo. Live On one side of the rope for a price red tape is cut lines are umped 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 ,