Democracy, Economy & Politics

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DEMOCRACY/ECONOMY/POLITICS:

Six major corporations control 90% of the media that Americans consume, so most of our news reflects the views of large corporations.  Look for alternative sources of information that are independently funded, such as those listed below.  (The six corporations are Comcast, Walk Disney Co, News Corp {includes Fox News}, Time Warner, Viacom, and CBS).

 

Internet sites for more independent perspectives on the news: www.democracynow.orgtruth-out.org,  www.truthdig.com, www.thenation.com, ecowatch.com (for climate information).  Also check out The Young Turks show on YouTube and the Thom Hartman program.

Richard D. Wolff, Ph.D., economics professor, author

Moyers & Company for in-depth discussions on one topic of relevance to our democracy and our future

The Progressive Populist
  • www.populist.com; The Progressive Populist reports on issues of interest to workers, small-business owners and family farmers and ranchers. It serves as The People’s Voice in a Corporate World.
Cliffs I: How And Why America’s Billionaires And The Republican/Libertarian/Tea Party Are Pushing Us Over by Curtis A. Moore
  • Extensively researched; a must-read to know what is happening in our country!
Documentary: Inside Job
  • The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened.
Andrew Sullivan, an intellectual conservative, a British author permanently residing in the U.S. He is an editor, political commentator, and blogger.
  • Focus is mostly politics, but he also writes about culture and society
The Little Blue Book: the Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic by George Lakoff & Elisabeth Wehling
  • Important book to help people articulate the progressive values they stand for
Healing the Heart of Democracy and The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer
  • This book inspires us to get involved in our democracy, with humility and audacity!
The Global Heart Awakens, by Anodea Judith
  • Her previous book, Waking the Global Heart, is also a great resource for an overview of the concepts in the global consciousness shift
Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World by David Gershon
  • Author puts forth with clarity, brilliance, innovation, and passion a blueprint for sustainable societal transformation … to reignite the soul of any social movement.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • This book focuses on one of our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
Avaaz
  • www.Avaaz.org; website for global activism; petitions for issues around the world
MoveOn.org
  • www.moveon.org; activist organization, promoting progressive causes & democracy