SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- "People have lost sight of a couple of really important things. One is that for all the divisions in the country, we agree on an enormous amount," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. The organization is known for taking on the embedded moneyed interests of Wall Street, powerful corporate America, and entrenched politicians.
Weissman has co-authored a new book, The Corporate Sabotage of America's Future and What We Can Do About It.
Weissman said, "If you ask people, 'Do they want to deal with high drug prices?' 90% say yes. 'Do you want to raise the minimum wage overwhelmingly?' Yes. 'Do you want to deal with climate change?' Yes. So we wanted to call attention to all that we do agree on, and the progressive populist agenda that people support, then focus in on the real obstacle to winning those policies - which is the problem of corporate, political, economic and social power."
Punches are not pulled, making the book sometimes uncomfortable to read. A segment on "Big Tech" hits close to home here in the Bay Area: "Colonizing Our Minds" and "Plunder and Pillage: Big Tech's Corporate Welfare." The book is a call to action and towards the end, it offers talking points for its readers.
Weissman said, "These are overwhelming and compelling facts that people can get their heads around. They can share in conversation with other people, and if you want to win the argument at the dinner table with someone, we give you the tools to do it."
The book is widely available and co-authored by the founder of Public Citizen, Joan Claybrook.
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