The Moral Underground

The Moral Underground

How Ordinary Americans Subvert An Unfair Economy

Book - 2011
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Called a "fascinating exploration of economic civil disobedience" by Publishers Weekly , Lisa Dodson's stunning book The Moral Underground features stories of middle-class managers and professionals who refuse to be complicit in an economy that puts a decent life beyond the reach of the working poor. Whether it's a nurse choosing to treat an uninsured child, a supervisor padding a paycheck, or a restaurant manager sneaking food to a worker's children, these unsung heroes reach across the economic fault line to restore a sense of justice to the working world.

This vivid account of working-class America is based on Dodson's eight years of research and conversations with hundreds of Americans about the need to create ethical alternatives to rules that ignore the humanity of working parents and put their children and risk.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2011.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781595586421
Branch Call Number: 339.20973 DOD
Characteristics: x, 227 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 16, 2014

Books like these are important for the following reasons: the first union, or rather business union, to cave in to Boeing's anti-pension plan demands was the engineers' union, and now Boeing is shipping out a boatload of engineering jobs, to rid themselves of older engineers, and further open the door to foreign visa scab workers - - because a Colorado judge ruled that a hedge fund manager could run over a bicyclist, and not have to appear in court - - because a Texan judge ruled it was OK for a rich kid to run over and kill four people, and get away with it - - because a Delaware judge ruled it was OK for a member of the du Pont family to rape his 3-year-old daughter, and not serve any time in jail - - and because the Obama administration hasn't jailed any of the banksters responsible for the economic meltdown and super-theft.

Aug 01, 2013

This is an interesting book, but because such people are few and far between in our society today, Dodson's book sounds somewhat farfetched. How I wish we ran into more of the people she describes but, like that local product one hears harkened on the streets (the "Spare Change" paper), it never addresses the real problem: absolute and structural inequality, growing larger daily.

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