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About the Author

Jonathan Tasini is the executive director of Labor Research Association. From 1990 to 2003, he served as president of the National Writers Union. In 2006, he challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Senate nomination in New York. He has written about labor and economics for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and LA Times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ronzoni Jr. on September 17, 2009
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I recently had a conversation with someone on the topic of why the American people continue to put up with all the crap our corporatized economic system dishes out to them. This is the country that produced Shays's Rebellion, the Populist movement, the IWW, the Bonus Army, the CIO and the sit down strike. Labor activist, CNBC commentator and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate, Jonathan Tasini begins this book by pointing out that the looting of America by corporate and financial interests has been going on since the late 70s. It is only recently, however, that the end result of the unbridled greed of far too many of those at the top of the pyramid has become too disastrous to ignore. Yet while there have been isolated incidents of outcry and resistance to date no national movement has arisen to demand the fundamental reform of the rules that govern our economy.

The reasons for this are varied though as Tasini points out, the American people have been subjected to a decades long, never ending barrage of propaganda from a variety of sources that have seduced many into the delusion that the system works to the benefit of us all. Closely related to this was the was the conscious efforts of Milton Friedman and his Chicago School to rollback the dominance of the Keynesian, regulated, mixed economy philosophy in the Capitalist "free world" during the post-World War II period and to replace it with what Tasini terms: "Free Market Fundamentalism" or the exaggerated faith that when markets are left to operate on their own they can solve all economic and social problems.
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Jonathan Tasini's book helps us understand what's been happening in the US
economy in recent decades, by describing how the bogus faith in "free" markets
enabled the CEO's of America's largest corporations to expand their wealth while their actions hurt ordinary working people. Tasini has done his research, and the information he shares is disturbing, but it's information we need if we are going to remedy what's wrong with our economic system. Buy 4 copies of the book- one for yourself and one for each of your Senators and your Representative in Congress.
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THE AUDACITY OF GREED addresses the causes of the economic crisis in a shorter book than some of the other current offerings.

Mr. Tasini explains that NAFTA worked the way it was planned if one understands that it was crafted for corporations and not workers.

He also feels that education is a "phony solution" to depressed wages. Stagnated wages are a crucial part of the crisis.
Along those lines he suggests that we need to re-value the work of the working class in our country over CEOs.

In the chapter "Stock Options Scam" he details how CEOs game the system even when they ruin the company.

Mr. Tasini provides some brief sketches of a rogue's gallery of players in the crisis.

He also exposes the myth that employees' benefits caused hardships for companies like GM when in fact, it was executive's compensation that was more responsible.
In a lot of cases employee benefit costs are set aside where executive compensation is not.

Another part of the problem is cronyism between CEOs and corporate boards who often have close, parasitic relationships.

On page 90 he highlights the fact that "In our era of audacious greed, the better things get for the corporate elite, the worse they get for the American worker."
And on page 92 he continues- "In the end, the rhetoric of the 'free market' allowed a small elite to rob the treasuries of companies to pad their own already lavish retirements."
This is paralleled by a decline in pension plans for workers.

This book frequently quotes statistics from the Center for Responsible Politics. Those are some sobering numbers in many respects!

Jonathan Tasini concludes the book with seven sensible proposals to "return to sanity".

This book is a "must read" for all populist readers in particular.
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"...in 1960, CEO pay was 41 times that of the average worker, by 2005, CEO's earned 411 times that of the average worker." Many readers may not be much surprised by such figures, but Tasini goes on to document how executives of vast corporations are rewarded even when they are thoroughly incompetent or thoroughly corrupt.

In bankruptcy after bankruptcy, the upper management of such corporations retired with luxurious rewards amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, while shareholders lost their investments, and the ordinary workers were turned loose, sometimes with their pension plans destroyed, seldom with severance pay, often with the loss of any health coverage they may have had.

The documentation is thorough and extensive, drawing its evidence from company documents, government sources, financial media and a host of other publications. The conclusions are damning. This is a current book that is well worth reading. The only unfortunate part is that it doesn't include an index. That would have made it a quick and excellent reference source for pointing to those who have profited and continue to profit from the current economic debacle that is causing so much suffering for the rest of us.
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