The Art of Memoir eTingvent Or The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life even privateducation 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 PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition education to name a few that are used asxamples in this book It favors the people who have the money The first part of the book is about the super lite 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 and 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 how the ultra wealthy can pay their way past all the inconveniences in their lives and turn very xperience 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 The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl entitled 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 sssentially 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 arlier boarding tc Then the people who have Hannah Montana: The Movie economy seats look withnvy at those in first class which causes the divide between the classes to xpand I don t know that seems like many jumps to get to that conclusion But ven 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 Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts everyone theconomy 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 A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli everyonelse s lives The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) envy becomes of an issue Because in one case the blame is on the rich In the other case the blame is on those who feelsnvious 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 The Time of the Hunters Moon 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 others will have things which they themselves do 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 Vegas Vacation (Destination: Desire, education for the poor Butven here the book was a disappointment It treats ach issue superficially and doesn t get to the root of the problems For xample 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 to leave struggling hospitals better care Stepdog elsewhere But the book misses the discussion on why this isven an issue to begin with It s because we live in a country where a person s health insurance is based on whatever their Another Way Home employer wants to offer or not versus invery 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 kind 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 Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) education which then force public officials to go begging to tax payersvery time they need money to cover the shortfall And unsurprisingly people hardly Antarctica 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 Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America example Ivy League schools are on a level of competitiveness that is unreal They accept like 3% of the students who applyven 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 Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics 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 nearly as important as what major they choose to study In this day and age certain majors such as math science and ngineering nsure job opportunities while others make it almost impossible to find jobs ven for an Ivy League graduateThere is so much potential that this book could have xplored 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 The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 example it completely glosses over the fact that air travel is now cheapnough for the masses And to it completely glosses over the fact that air travel is now cheap Confession enough for the masses And to 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 Curators of the Buddha essential services thatvery citizen should be Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family 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 Cezanne a Study of His Development everyonelse 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 Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture 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 Obsession: An Erotic Tale expos of our continually splinteringconomy and value system Schwartz skillfully navigates the playground of the super rich and their long list of premium Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era experiences from VIP amusement park tours and luxury sports arena boxes to better access to hospitals andducational opportunities The real life Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice examples and statistics he reveals invoke a wide range ofmotions from bewilderment and Edicts of Asoka 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 Upgrade Soul excluded and fractured Anye opening wake up call that something needs to be done to stop the class segmentation before it truly divides us all Highly recommend 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 ye opening book by Nelson Schwartz is that the rich are creating an ntirely separate world for themselves to such an Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 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 Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist experiences that created social bonds Now the rich increasingly have privatizedverything 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 nvy is being utilized to drive aspirational spending with special restaurants off limits to all but the richest passengers Companies are creating special xperiences 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 nvy takes over and threatens to take down the ntire system The author takes us on a tour of Yankee Stadium and its new luxury suites and the drive to provide Imaginary Runner 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 From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 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 Fresh Water 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 French Daguerreotypes 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 betterxperiences than the rest of us VIP tours costing 400 600 and hour get you From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read exclusive access and front of the line treatment Express passes costxtra but they mean separate lines one for the hot sweaty poor people who have to wait an hour or and one for the lite 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 up private practice for xpensive alternative where fewer patients are being seen but given access to the doctors and best research Getting appointments with specialists these days can take months and in cases like cancer where time is critical timely appointments can mean life or death With the concierge system the right connections the wealthy can get in with specialists in a 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 Doris Salcedo extensivexpertise from a pool of Twelve Days of Pleasure ex admissions officials to tell youxactly 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 ven with mediocre grades On the other side of the velvet rope the book xamines how public schools are struggling Not only are academics struggling but sports and activities have 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 ven 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 teachers class sizes and facilities Schwartz takes a much 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 mployees 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 justice 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France economy runs through jails as well Unless you are luckynough 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 verybody 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 xclusive seats for music and sporting Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild events where there are no lines for anything and fornough 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 Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets 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 ropeconomy Schwartz highlights Southwest Airlines where all passengers are treated roughly the From New York Times business reporter Nelson D Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in Electromyography for Experimentalists every arena of life creating a friction freexistence 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.
Download The Velvet Rope EconomyAme He heaps praise on the Green Bay Packers a football team in a small market that has resisted the mania for xpensive suites that sap the fun out of games and fans There are some hopeful spots the author points out but the trend definitely seems to 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 xists 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 getting 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 lite on a precarious perch 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 Wicked Loving Lies empty 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 whilexhausting 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 La heredera del mar 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 legalmedicalxpenses 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 mployers 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 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 Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One effectNow push forward a few months he thennrolled 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 Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) 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 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 accountstcI was just passed up with my 20 yrs volunteering Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe experience and Points of Light Award for a college girl who was basically on the yearbook staff as a content writerven though I currently work unpaid as a national trade blogger with over 9 MAJOR PUBLICATIONS PRODUCING OVER 1K REVIEWS publications producing over 1k reviews at GoodreadsNetGalley and having won very 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
might also 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 very 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 wage One Wild Weekend 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 youmployers 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 Forgetful of Their Sex enduring they are not reality for manyspecially those my age or older who can t get hired from age discriminationIf you think it doesn t Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing exists I ask why would a company wish to hire a LT unemployed homemaker whose overualified and lacks prior workxperience with a family of 4 to support on benefits and flex schedules when they can F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby 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 2017Inssence the middle class is being hollowed out Walled (The Line, every day as wenter 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 Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany exchange for my honest review I d thought I d start a non fiction book so I wasn t up too late Thisnded up keeping me up It reads smoothly transitioning and segueing into different areas without ffort 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 tc The book delves into how this came about and how it creeps into areas we wouldn t xpect 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 spor. 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 veryone lse but when we weren't looking business innovators stepped in to xploitfactyou might also