Synopses & Reviews
How can regular Americans name, blame, and shame our corporate overlords? With this illustrated and entertaining guide to decoding decades of free market hypocrisy and deception
Since the invention of capitalism, people have gone to astonishing, often morally indefensible lengths to defend their profits, and they always use the same rhetoric: pro-social arguments to defend anti-social outcomes. The same lies again and again, over decades, keep wealth and power in the hands of the wealthy and powerful. A threadbare social safety net exposed by the pandemic? Not a problem. Dramatic healthcare inequities? The free market can fix it. The widespread availability of guns leading to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths per year? It's not our fault--it's your fault. Increasing taxes on the uber-wealthy? It'll kill jobs. Raise the federal minimum wage? You'll only make things worse. Universal pre-kindergarten? Socialism
Recognize the pattern? Nick Hanauer, Donald Cohen, and Joan Walsh explain it in It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) so that ordinary Americans can identify this wrong-headed thinking and push back. Structured around some of the most egregious statements made by the rich and powerful over the centuries, the book identifies six bundles of lies that repeatedly thwart change on issues that ordinary people care about including climate change, social inequality, voting rights, civil rights, and more. With amazing illustrations and stylish interior design, It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) gives readers the knowledge to never get conned, bamboozled, or harmed again.
Greedy corporate interests have been lying to us for centuries. Here's an illustrated, entertaining road map for navigating through their hypocrisy and deception From praising the health benefits of cigarettes to moralizing on the character-building qualities of child labor, rich corporate overlords have gone to astonishing, often morally indefensible lengths to defend their profits. Since the dawn of capitalism, they've told the same lies over and over to explain why their bottom line is always more important than the greater good: You say you want to raise the federal minimum wage? Why, you'll only make things worse for the very people you want to help Should we hold polluters accountable for the toxins they're dumping in our air and water? No, the free market will save us Can we raise taxes on the rich to pay for universal healthcare? Of course not--that will kill jobs Affordable childcare? Socialism It's always the same tired threats and finger-pointing, in a concentrated campaign to keep wealth and power in the hands of the wealthy and powerful.
Corporate Bullsh*t will help you identify this pernicious propaganda for the wealthiest 1 percent, and teach you how to fight back. Structured around some of the most egregious statements ever made by the rich and powerful, the book identifies six categories of falsehoods that repeatedly thwart progress on issues including civil rights, wealth inequality, climate change, voting rights, gun responsibility, and more. With amazing illustrations and a sharp sense of humor, Corporate Bullsh*t teaches readers how to never get conned, bamboozled, or ripped off ever again.