- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391772
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391771
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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“A persuasive case for retooling how activists think and talk about matters of the wallet.”
"Shenker-Osorio, who's been fighting in the trenches of the word wars for years as a communications consultant to the ACLU, the MS. Foundation, America's Voice and dozens of other progressive groups, knows her stuff. Don't Buy It is a great handbook to start thinking about how to change the conversation, particularly on the economy."
About the Author
Anat Shenker-Osorio is a strategic communications consultant based in Oakland, CA. She crafts messaging for issues from immigration to contraception and completed research on how people make sense of and come to judgments about the economy. Anat has worked with the ACLU, Ms Foundation, America’s Voice, Ford Foundation and dozens of others, presenting findings to members of Congress, and as a keynote speaker at Netroots Nation. This is her first book.
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She provides a how-to manual for honest discourse that clearly makes the case for progressive economic policy as the best path for America.
Every Democrat/Progressive (really every American) should read this book and be a part of the solution - if we all reject the corrupt language used to manipulate our behavior solely to benefit the 1% and instead push honest and clear messages, we will collectively make the economy stronger and drive the nation to better policies.
Highly recommended for anyone who engages in public speaking, particularly in a political context, even if they don't deal with economic policy. The lessons contained in this book will aide you in your efforts to effectively and honestly communicate and advocate about a wide variety of topics/issues.
way, she breaks down the convoluted nonsense some economists spew-- and let's us see behind the curtain.
Markets do not feel, they do not suffer, laugh, go on picnics with their families or feel upset when real actual people who do do all those things, end up unemployed, homeless or abandoned. All this sacrificing to the economy makes as much sense as the ancient Jebusites allegedly sacrificing their children to the idol Moloch. Whether its Moloch or market, human hands have created a false god and now human heads are expected to bow before it.
The question is very simple really, should the economy exist as a mechanism to serve humanity or vice-versa. Surely only a lunatic could argue the former case! Yet, the neo-liberal priesthood do just this. Of course, there are those few powerful types that the economic system does serve and it's for their sake the rest of us have to put up with the rule of the econo-god.
Except we don't. We can wake up and start resisting. We can create better, fairer economic systems. When the neo-liberals argue for "economic freedom" we need to be able to counter with "human freedom". "economic freedom" leads to human slavery. It's a bit like arguing it's unfair to harness fire and keep it couped up in a tiny hearth all day- let's liberate the fire and let it run free as nature intended! If the house burns down in the meantime it can only be because the fire-god was angry with us. This is an evidently lame-brained example yet how is it that the equally lame-brained mystical drivel of neo-liberal pundits fails to elicit the same ridicule?
Anat Shenker-Osorio has done us all a huge service in writing this book and the more people who read it the better. A delightfully well-written wake up call for those of us so scared by the "economy" we've forgotten it's just a big paper tiger we made ourselves.
The author has clearly devoted herself to this art, and she describes how you can as well.