It's Never Our Fault and Other Shameless Excuses: A Compendium of Corporate Lies That Protect Profits and Thwart Progress (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, the founder of the public policy incubator Civic Ventures, and the host of the podcast Pitchfork Economics. The co-author (with Joan Walsh, Donald Cohen, and Zachary Roth) of It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) (The New Press), he lives in Seattle.Joan Walsh is national affairs correspondent for The Nation, the co-producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, and the author of What's the Matter with White People? The co-author (with Nick Hanauer, Donald Cohen, and Zachary Roth) of It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) (The New Press), she lives in New York.Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of the research and policy center In the Public Interest and the co-author (with Allen Mikaelian) of The Privatization of Everything and (with Nick Hanauer, Joan Walsh, and Zachary Roth) of It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) (both from The New Press). He lives in Los Angeles.Zachary Roth is a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and a former national reporter at MSNBC. He is the author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy and the co-author (with Nick Hanauer, Joan Walsh, and Donald Cohen) of It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) (The New Press). He lives in New York.