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A "Something Wrong Here" Reading List

Each of these books is worth your attention. Knowledge will increase your power over the political world around you. Knowledge is power. Reading opens new worlds to our perceptions. Enjoy.

All of these books are probably in your local library. Free.

  Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Fourth Edition, Beacon Press, Boston, 1992, 1st edition 1983

Discusses in detail the control of the media by fewer and fewer owners. Censorship and information control by media owners is common. A source book relating to the decline of journalistic freedom and expression.

  Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith, No Contest, Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America, Random House, New York, 1996

Confirms your belief that “something is deeply wrong” with our legal system, which has all but abandoned the ideal of providing every American access to justice. Corporate lawyers routinely nullify, misuse or break the law.

  Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, America: What Went Wrong?, Andrews and McMeel, 1992

The dismantling of the middle class by moving jobs out of the country, by increased tax burdens, and by corporate purchase of the political process. Tax policies push our nation toward a two-class society, rich and poor.

  Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, America: Who Really Pays the Taxes?, A Touchstone Book, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994

More about the tax war you lost and the corporations won. Suggests ways to fix it, if we demand the necessary changes.  

  Michele Mitchell, A New Kind of Party Animal,  How the Young Are Tearing Up the American Political Landscape, Simon & Schuster, New York 1998

Generation X’ers are actively involved in volunteer work to help others and have no interest in political parties. They vote on issues and for candidates who believe in their issues.

  Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman, Outsider in the House, Verso, London and New York, 1997

How one independent candidate from Vermont persisted and won elections to represent his people as mayor of Burlington and in the U.S. House of Representatives. There are now two independents in the U.S. House.

  Robert Roth, A Reason to Vote, Breaking the Two-Party Stranglehold, St. Martin's Griffin, New York, 1999

How integrity in a new political party, working to solve problems based on natural law and what works, can give you a reason to vote. We can have government based on your interests, not special interests.

  Doris Haddock with Dennis Burke, Granny D, Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year, Villard, New York, 2001

How to have a purpose in your life, and friends. Give yourself away.

  Ralph Nader, Crashing the Party, Taking on The Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002

How to tell the truth and still run for President. The 2000 Nader campaign

  Michael Moore, Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!, Harper Collins, New York, 2001 

A vitriolic, humorous look at the state of the nation and "scrub," the president select. You will laugh so hard you will forget to cry. If we can stand to look at it, we can fix it.

  Robert R. Reich, Aftershock, The Next Economy and America'a Future, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2010

A look at income inequality as a cause of the 1930s Great Depression and the 2008 Great Recession. An argument for the strategies needed to gain full recovery for the entire economy, not just the 0.1 of 1.0% and Wall Streeet. Main street. Interesting perspectives.

 

 

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