Over the past quarter century, we have lived through the greatest looting of wealth in human history. While billions of dollars streamed into the pockets of a few elites in the corporate and economic class, the vast majority of citizens have lived through a period of falling wages, disappearing pensions, and dwindling bank accounts—all of which lead to the personal debt crisis that lies at the root of the current financial meltdown. This “audacity of greed” was legally blessed by the ethos of the “free market,” a phony marketing phrase that covered up the fleecing of the American public.
In The Audacity of Greed, Jonathan Tasini examines the reasons and exposes the people responsible for the looting of America—from Wall Street executives who funded their lavish lifestyles at the public’s expense to the politicians who let it happen—arguing that we need a cultural and philosophical revolution that punctures the fable of market fundamentalism and, by doing so, values the contributions made by ordinary Americans throughout the economy.
Jonathan Tasini is executive director of the Labor Research Association. The longtime president of the National Writers Union, he was the lead plaintiff in Tasini vs. The New York Times, the landmark electronic rights case that took on the corporate media’s assault on the rights of freelance authors. In 2006 he ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in New York. He has written about labor and economics for a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNBC and Fox News.
Praise for The Audacity of Greed
“This is must reading for anyone who wants to know how we got us into this financial mess—and what it will take to get out of it.”—Katrina vanden Heuvel
“In order to comprehend the entirety of our nation’s economic system, an understanding of working-class Americans and the labor movement is absolutely essential. Nobody understands that better than Jonathan Tasini. His writing is infused with a thorough knowledge of not only labor, but how corporate greed is at the root of the recent economic collapse.”—James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
“Jonathan Tasini dares to utter the words that are still not said in “polite” company: The G-word: Greed! The T-word: Theft! No, greed is not good. Enriching oneself by taking the money of others and leaving them poor: that’s theft. Tasini shows us the economy as we need to see it-from the perspective of people who work.”—George Lakoff,author of The Political Mind and Don’t Think of an Elephant!