Let's Meetup to Discuss Predatory Society By Paul Blumberg

Who knows more about a business's shady practices than the people who work there? In this pioneering study, Paul Blumberg examines a wide variety of evidence, including over 600 accounts written by workers who disclose in elaborate detail the deceptions their employers practiced on the public. Employed in a wide variety of business enterprises--supermarkets, restaurants, fish markets, department stores, gas stations, drug stores, pet stores, and many more--these workers pull back the curtain and reveal the hidden recesses of the American marketplace.


Blumberg documents these deceptions in numerous vivid stories, providing readers with a trenchant handbook on survival in America. He tells of stores that routinely mark prices up before a sale; gas stations that sell regular gas as high test; auto mechanics who spray-paint customers' old car parts and then charge them for new parts (in one gas stations, the workers claimed that the mechanic's best tool was his paint can); and pharmacists who sell generic drugs and charge name-brand prices.


But equally important, he provides an insightful analysis of why deception pervades the American marketplace. Though at times amusing, The Predatory Society is also frequently disturbing for what it says about private capitalism: how dishonesty is all but built into the American marketplace, and how this dishonesty has potentially disastrous effects on trust and community in our society.

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  • Faith F

    If suggestions are welcome, I'd like to suggest "Operation Paperclip" by Annie Jacobsen for a future meeting. It elaborates on the dark time at the end of WW II when the United States made the morally questionable but eminently practical decision to bring Nazi scientists to the U.S. so Russia would not get them. These men were outrageous war criminals, torturers, experimenters on human subjects, developers of deadly chemical substances, etc. We all know about the rocket scientist Werner von Braun. There were dozens more, who lived out their lives in wealth and comfort in the U.S. This is the first book that tells the whole story.

    1 · May 12, 2014

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