Make Your Case with Weblinks, Books, Radio, Plays, Videos, and the Unified Platform


 

           As the above drawing by Andy Singer  illustrates, think tanks are necessary and we need one on the left as well as on the right. If you have made it this far into our website, you probably agree with us that the United States is off course in several significant ways. Unfortunately, the nicely paid positions are for those justifying we stay off course. Because we do not accept corporate contributions, we cannot afford a formal  “think tank,” but we can try  with this poor man's think tank to give you some ammunition for fighting the good fight.

    Be aware that facts alone are insufficient or we would not be where we are now.  There has to also be some emotional involvement. While I don’t have any magic formulas, it is good to add references to your articles and Facebook or other social media contributions to boost their credibility. (For instance, "Anthony is absolutely correct! -Your comments - See web-link) Start at NPA Weblinks below, other resources are listed below that.

    If anyone has suggestions for additions to these books, videos, or websites, then please email me at info@newprogs.org  

 

I. Weblinks

A. NPA Weblinks - Start here.

            Start here because these 16 areas are continuously updated. The big advantage of using these 16 articles is the extensive references (over 8,000) which I keep updating so readers can see and document a continuing and expanding trend rather than one isolated incident. This also gets the reader on the NPA website.

             In addition to the below 16 areas you may be looking for documentation on a specific person or organization. Here is a resource for that: Don’t Let These People or Organizations Fool You.  For those who think the answer is to reform the democrats from within see The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two  Evils. As with the below 16 areas, these are continuously updated.

  • Civil Rights    In addition to documenting other civil rights violations, we have provided specific references documenting torture.
  • Corporate Overreach

  • The Economy -  If you want to advocate about a specific part of the economic problem, I have provided separate references for banks, democrats, employment - including real percentages, the rise of temporary employment without benefits and the demise of retirement; inequality, social security and medicare,  taxes including increasing privatization and our declining infrastructure, and disastrous trade agreements including  the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).
  • Economic Graphs -  A graph summarizes a great deal of information in a short easily understandable space. This provides various graphs you can use in the following categories: It is that bad, inequality is rising,  The rich pay less, There is enough money and we are not overspending on the poor, education, labor, video, and other insights.
  • Education    In addition to other references, we have provided specific references documenting the anti-education actions of the Democratic Party.
  • Election Reform – one of the ten goals of the Unified Platform
  • Environment - If you want to advocate about a specific part of the environmental problem, I have provided separate references for climate change, coal, cost, Democrats Are Not the Answer, fracking and natural gas, Gulf of Mexico and the BP oil spill, Monsanto and bees, nuclear energy, oceans, transportation of dangerous fossil fuels including the XL and other pipelines, water and the feasibility of going with renewable energy.
  • Health Care
  • Our Crumbling Infrastructure    In addition to other references about our crumbling infrastructure, we have provided specific references documenting education, the internet, the power grid and clean energy, roads and bridges, and the Post Office.

  • Labor
  • Poverty
  • Press    In addition to other references, we have provided specific references documenting the sad fall of the New York Times as a journalistic standard.
  • Diminishing Transparency
  • Continuous Wars   In addition to other references, we have provided specific references documenting Gaza War.
  • The War on Whistleblowers
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

 

B. Other  Weblinks

 

C. Weblinks of NPA Allies

            Weblinks of NPA Allies can be found here.

 

II. Books

  • Addams, Jane  Bread and Peace in Time of War  was first published in 1922 during the "Red Scare." By that time Jane Addams' pacifist efforts had adversely affected her popularity as an author and social reformer. "Peace and Bread in Time of War" is Addams' eighth book and the third to deal with her thoughts on pacifism. Though she was severely criticized for opposing the US entry into World War I and called "the most dangerous woman in America," later historians tend to be much more sympathetic towards her views. Interestingly enough, politicians as diverse as Chris Hedges and Barry Goldwater agree with Addams on World War I. (See writings by Goldwater and Hedges below for an agreement on World War I among this unlikely trio.)
  • Ahabwe, Michael  Tears of Resilience tells real stories from real Female Genital Mutilation survivors, focuses firmly on the realities of Female Genital Mutilation and teaches women how to reclaim their female bodies as a source of power and significance. Female Genital Mutilation survivors, feminists, mothers, attorneys, poets, medical health providers discuss struggles arising from genital mutilation and struggles of reclaiming their female bodies as a source of power and significance. More than recounting horrors, it also describes strategies for stopping it. It will be released and is gathering funding now.
  • Boston, Robert The Most Dangerous Man in America   This book chronicles the personal and political life of televangelist Pat Robertson including his bid for the Presidency on the Republican ticket in the primaries of 1988. Robertson lost the election but he created an influential coalition between the radical religious and the Republican Party that exists to this very day. It is the elephant in the room that neither Democrats nor progressives have adequately discussed and analyzed.
  • Bronowski, Jacob The Ascent of Man (also a PBS series) Not a political book, but a good one that asks – and I think answers - the question, “What is man?” We have been through the fire before.
  • Butler, Smedley D. War Is A Racket (The Profit That Fuels Warfare) a classic book by a life long Marine
  • Chomsky, Noam  How the World Works - a mix of history, analysis, economics
  • Churchill, Winston Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill, edited by Richard M. Langworth Winston Churchill is not the first name that springs to mind when thinking about progressive heroes and perhaps not even the second. It is shocking how many aspects of western civilization he praises (trial by jury, habeas corpus) that have been eliminated. Many of his eloquent criticisms of Nazis would thus apply to us.
  • Frank, Thomas Listen, Liberal  Scott McLarty says, “Thomas Frank's book, "Listen, Liberal," reminds us that President Clinton didn't take the US in a different direction after the Reagan-Bush years. Instead, he fulfilled the Reagan revolution and enacted GOP proposals that the GOP couldn't have on its own. The five "longstanding Republican objectives" that Clinton accomplished were "NAFTA, the Crime Bill of 1994, welfare reform, the deregulation of banks and telecoms, and the balanced budget." Clinton might also have privatized Social Security if his negotiations with Newt Gingrich hadn't been interrupted by the Lewinsky scandal. This should remind us that Obama's biggest accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, was fundamentally a Republican piece of legislation. The individual mandate, requiring the public to purchase health insurance from private companies, was introduced by the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation and was widely endorsed by Repubs until Obama & Dems grabbed the idea in 2009. I recommend this book as a history of the Democratic Party and liberalism in the last three decades without illusions.”
  • Fucks, Ralf  Green Growth, Smart Growth  We find ourselves at a crossroads between environmental disaster and a new industrial revolution: a shift from the ruthless exploitation of nature toward cooperation with it. Decoupling economic growth from environmental consumption is an ambitious goal, but also an achievable one. ‘Green Growth, Smart Growth’ outlines a way forward in this great transformation, and does so in the conviction that the dangers posed by climate change can be overcome through a new approach to economics, innovation and proactive policy making.
  • Fukuyama, Francis State-Building  – Fukuyama also wrote The End of History. Dealings with other countries are necessary parts of statehood and this book offers insights.
  • Fuller, R. Buckminster  In the 1930’s Bucky Fuller manually made an inventory of all the world’s resources and correctly calculated that we were doing so much more with less resources that we would reach a point when there would be enough to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than anyone has known. He also determined that the paradigm shift would take place in about 1976, later shown to be accurate. The author said,  "Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete." We just need to catch up.
  • George, Susan Whose Crisis, Whose Future  – Crisis? Whose crisis? Today we are in the midst of a multifaceted crisis which touches the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's growing poverty and inequality or shrinking access to food and water, the collapse of global financial markets or the dire effects of climate change, every aspect of this crisis can be traced to a transnational neoliberal elite that has steadily eroded our rights and stripped us of power. And yet our world has never been so wealthy, and we have, right now, all the knowledge, tools and skills we need to build a greener, fairer, richer world. Such a breakthrough is not some far-fetched utopia, but an immediate, concrete possibility. Our future is in our hands.
  • Giroux, Henry A.  has written about our neoliberal direction and appeared on Bill Moyers. Information about his books, articles, and interviews are on his website at  http://www.henryagiroux.com/ 
  • Gladwell, Malcolm The Tipping Point  and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants  Perhaps society is going along with little changing and then  suddenly everything changes. Though Gladwell uses other examples, we can hope this might apply to what we are working for.
  • Goldwater, Barry, With No Apologies   Barry Goldwater was a conservative, but not a neocon. He objected against some of Nixon's acts of war, backed Bill Clinton's opening of military service to gays, and - I was amused to note - agreed with Chris Hedges on the role of international bankers in starting World War I. Some of his perceptions were incorrect because he did not recognize how society had changed, but many still are valid. He regarded bankers as second only to communism as a danger to our republic and right now it is hard to dispute him on that point. Before there were neolibs there were neocons and it is interesting to observe the beliefs of real conservatives.
  • Guay, Mary  CLIMATE CHANGE: Our Children Are in Danger  by "Green Granny" about climate changes, its many interrelationships,  and specifics where an individual can make a difference. The cover nicely summarizes by saying “For Lilly (her great Grandaughter), a clueless great-granny goes green.” Is this book really necessary? After all, there are plenty of scientific papers documenting what is happening and what needs to be done. I suggest it is necessary. The fossil fuel companies have been spending huge amounts of money on disinformation for decades focusing on states that are poor and uneducated. Science does not have an equivalent budget. The result is even small reasonable movement has been stalled. Mary Guay presents the human side of the argument, presents the many aspects of the problem in a clear manner, and presents what we can do as individuals. I like that she does not shy away from necessary government action. Individual actions may be necessary, but by themselves they are insufficient.  Mary Guay also has a Facebook Page for current developments.
  • Harvey, Andrew The Hope – A Guide to Sacred Activism  also not a political book, but it does chronicle our decline and offer hope for the future  for whatever path we choose to take.
  • Hedges, Chris American Fascists   Hedges is well qualified to give his international historical perspective on how fascist movements throughout the world have co-opted religion as part of their rise to power, and the reluctance of  intellectual elites to address the issue. This reluctance allowed Hitler and Mussolini to rise to power. It also allowed the coalition of right-wing religious fanatics and the non-religious fiscal arm of the Republican Party to take over the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.  Chris Hedges sees an imminent threat from the false brand of Christianity peddled by the religious-right. Intellectual progressives would do well to heed his warning.
  • Hedges, Chris Death of the Liberal Class  -excellent book recommended by Anthony Noel describing what went wrong with liberals and democrats.
  • Klein, Naomi  The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism "...while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times." As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days."
  • Klein, Naomi This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate The author shows and illustrates with many references why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the unrestrained “free market”  ideology we are now using. We will need to change or have change forced upon both us and future generations. Climate Change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care nor is it something that can be delayed until other issues - however worthy - are solved. The author also documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process.
  • Lessig, Lawrence  Republic, Lost -  As with the book Death of the Liberal Class, this book describes what went wrong with our republic and a way back for the individual with a conscience.
  • Marker, Dennis Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced America's Middle Class to eliminate Themselves Dennis Marker provides a step-by- step account of how and why the US middle class has been working harder than ever and is still losing ground. This examination of fifteen specific policies promoted by conservatives and the superrich—and implemented through the vice grip of fear, anger, and greed—reveals that the decline of the middle class is no accident.
    Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

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    How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves

    - See more at: http://thefifteensteps.com/#sthash.YGkiwX6Z.dpufFifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced America's Middle Class to Eliminate ThemselvesFifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism: How the Rich Convinced America's Middle Class     Dennis Marker provides a step-by- step account of how and why the US middle class has been working harder than ever and is still losing ground. This examination of fifteen specific policies promoted by conservatives and the super-rich—and implemented through the vice grip of fear, anger, and greed—reveals that the decline of the middle class
  • Martin, Isaac Rich People's Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent  On tax day, April 15, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets with signs demanding lower taxes on the richest one percent. But why? Rich people have plenty of political influence. Why would they need to publicly demonstrate for lower taxes-and why would anyone who wasn't rich join the protest on their behalf?
    Isaac William Martin shows that such protests long predate the Tea Party of our own time. Ever since the Sixteenth Amendment introduced a Federal income tax in 1913, rich Americans have protested new public policies that they thought would threaten their wealth. But while historians have taught us much about the conservative social movements that reshaped the Republican Party in the late 20th century, the story of protest movements explicitly designed to benefit the wealthy is still little known. Rich People's Movements is the first book to tell that story, tracking a series of protest movements that arose to challenge an expanding welfare state and progressive taxation. Drawing from a mix of anti-progressive ideas, the leaders of these movements organized scattered local constituencies into effective campaigns in the 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, and our own era. Martin shows how protesters on behalf of the rich appropriated the tactics used by the Left-from the Populists and Progressives of the early twentieth century to the feminists and anti-war activists of the 1950s and 1960s. He explores why the wealthy sometimes cut secret back-room deals and at other times protest in the public square. He also explains why people who are not rich have so often rallied to their cause. For anyone wanting to understand the anti-tax activists of today, including notable defenders of wealth inequality like the Koch brothers, the historical account in Rich People's Movements is an essential guide.
  • Martin, Jonathan edited EMPOWERING PROGRESSIVE THIRD PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES: Defeating Duopoly, Advancing Democracy. See this fine book review at Book Review by Sondra Miller: EMPOWERING PROGRESSIVE THIRD PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • McBay, Keith, and Jensen Deep Green Resistance says there must be both an underground and above ground movement for change and describes strategies and organizations to reach environmental goals.
  • Osborne, Erin What They Don't Teach You: Hundreds of teachers reveal what it's like working in public elementary schools today  America’s public school system is under attack. Teachers on the front lines have been battered fighting to protect it and themselves. Years of unrealistic education reforms, a faltering national curriculum roll-out called Common Core, reduction in benefits, pay linked to test scores, the stripping away of professionalism...this is the new new reality teachers face. Teaching has never been an easy job and it’s becoming more difficult. Through exposition and humor, the entire landscape of the education system is revealed, including some shadowy figures that operate behind the scenes. See also Education
  • Pawley, Howard Keep True: A Life in Politics  Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba (1981-88), led the province during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. His government successfully implemented social democratic policies that ran counter to the neo-conservative trends that dominated the period, including job creation, human rights and marital property legislation, and labor reform.
  • Payne, Robert Massacre: The Tragedy of Bangladesh and the Phenomenon of Mass Slaughter Throughout History  February 1973
  • Penner, Roland A Glowing Dream: A Memoir (available as a book or for download to a Kindle reader or other electronic device) We should consider the experiences of the Canadian New Democratic Party which replaced the Liberal Party because it – like our Democratic Party – became complacent and corrupt.
  • Perkins, John Confessions of an Economic Hitman  Tempting (and fitting) as it is to blame Clintonites for the disappearance of America’s manufacturing sector, the United States had sown the seeds of its economic decline long before Robert Reich’s globalization push. We’re reaping that harvest now, as the few companies which remain here cut wages, abuse workers and destroy the environment. You can read a firsthand account of how the U.S. imposed its will abroad through economic blackmail, by a man (John Perkins) who did the deed for years and later came clean. For anyone still convinced that the U.S. is a force for good in developing countries, this book is a real eye-opener.
  • Perkins, John New Confessions of an Economic Hitman   The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages.New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, home to the US. Over40 percent of the book is new, including chapters identifying today's EHMs and a detailed chronology extensively documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004.
  • Piketty, Thomas Capital in the Twenty-First Century The author documents the growing inequality in the United States and ties it to fiscal policy. He illustrates with 200 years of data to show we are on the wrong track.
  • Potter,Will  Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege  Like the Red Scare, this "Green Scare" is about fear and intimidation, and Will Potter outlines the political, legal, and public relations strategies that threaten even acts of nonviolent civil disobedience with the label of "eco-terrorism."
  • Power, Samantha A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide  (Pulitzer Prize Winner) Why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide?
  • Press, Bill Buyer's Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down  "The most transparent administration in history" (another of Obama's discarded '07-08 campaign promises) became, almost from Day One, the most secretive and flip-floppy govt. ever. Reporters have, like whistleblowers serving the public good, been subject to persecution, prosecution, threatened with prison, and worse.
  • Ravitch, Diane Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
    Author Diane Ravitch has written many fine books about education. See also Education
  • Roberts, Paul Craig The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West  This very readable book by a distinguished economist, Wall Street Journal editor, and Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury is a major challenge both to economic theory and to media explanations of the ongoing 21st century economic crisis. The one percent have pulled off an economic and political revolution. By offshoring manufacturing and professional service jobs, US corporations destroyed the growth of consumer income, the basis of the US economy, leaving the bulk of the population mired in debt. Deregulation was used to concentrate income and wealth in fewer hands and financial firms in corporations “too big to fail,” removing financial corporations from market discipline and forcing taxpayers in the US and Europe to cover bankster losses. Environmental destruction has accelerated as economists refuse to count the exhaustion of nature’s resources as a cost and as corporations impose the cost of their activities on the environment and on third parties who do not share in the profits. This is the book to read for those who want to understand the mistakes that are bringing the West to its knees.
  • Ross, Carne  The Leaderless Revolution – describes the coming changes such as the Occupy Movement and helping them along, also the founder of Independent Diplomat
  • Sagan, Carl The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark  This book seems even more relevant and important now than when it was published. Both factions of the Uniparty seem to believe that strong personal belief  in the case of republicans - or soundbites in the case of democrats - can substitute for science. Cosmos was also an excellent book and series.
  • Scheer, Robert “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is particularly relevant to explain the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.
  • Schneider, Mercedes K. A Chronicle of Echoes: Who's Who in the Implosion of American Public Education  "Corporate reform" is not reform at all. Instead, it is the systematic destruction of the foundational American institution of public education. The primary motivation behind this destruction is greed. Public education in America is worth almost a trillion dollars a year. Whereas American public education is a democratic institution, its destruction is being choreographed by a few wealthy, well-positioned individuals and organizations. This book investigates and exposes the handful of people and institutions that are often working together to become the driving force behind destroying the community public school. See also Education
  • Spencer, Robert Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS 2015. This takes a hard look at ISIS. One should also not forget earlier U.S. support of ISIS. Our record of picking allies and enemies has not been good.
  • Stepnowski, Frank Teaching Sucks - But We Love It Anyway! A little insight into the Profession You Think You Know This is important because public education is under a fierce attack. See also Education
  • Stockdale, James, Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior   Epictetus was a slave born in about 50 C.E. (A.D.) who suffered greatly and became a Stoic philosopher. His philosophy aided James Stockdale as a P.O.W. and it may aid us as we face formidable and perhaps impossible odds to do what is right.
  • Stockdale, Jim and Sybil, In Love and War   There are two reasons this book by a Naval Aviator and P.O.W. is relevant. The first is that the reasons for the Vietnam War were fabricated by the United States. See paged 24-25 and 168. For later fabrications to war see Continuous Continous Wars  The second reason this book is relevant is it illustrates the need for unity, something the "circular firing squad" left is in dire need of.
  • Straus, William and Howe, Neil The Fourth Turning This book could be used for planning a strategy for appealing to voters.
  • Sun Tzu, The Art of War seems to be increasingly relevant.  Written in the 6th century BC, Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have learned from it. While the United States may be the most powerful nation militarily in the world, it is decreasingly successful in fulfilling long term stated objectives. Either our objective is perpetual war or we should be more aware of the tactics used against us.
  • Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72  is instructive on how both parties merged.  Thompson is  absolutely brilliant when it comes to uncovering, analyzing, and indicting the structure that has put Big Money in charge. The last 50  pages are the most instructive dissection of what went wrong for McGovern - and how the Democratic Party ultimately killed the peace movement. If you have an interest in learning exactly how far the Democrats have gone in the past - sabotaging the candidacy of their own party's popularly-nominated Presidential nominee - and to remove any hope you might still hold that someone other than the party's pre-ordained candidate will somehow be able to bear the party's standard again, I highly recommend this book which outlines in full, irrefutable detail how the Democrats blocked George McGovern's path to the White House through behind-the-scenes manipulation of his vice-presidential candidate options and outright sabotage. Thompson's book is even today required reading in most journalism schools - it is that groundbreaking. Thompson concluded back then that "There is really no hope of accomplishing anything genuine new or different in American politics until the Democratic Party is done away with."
  • Thurman, Robert  Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness It is difficult to maintain a positive mental attitude in these times, but this book helps one maintain a healthy balance.
  • Torres-Spelliscy, Ciara Corporate Citizen?: An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State  (Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is a professor at Stetson Law School.) Over time, corporations have engaged in an aggressive campaign to dramatically enlarge their political and commercial speech and religious rights through strategic litigation and extensive lobbying. At the same time, many large firms have sought to limit their social responsibilities. For the most part, courts have willingly followed corporations down this path. But interestingly, corporations are meeting resistance from many quarters including from customers, investors, and lawmakers. Corporate Citizen? explores this resistance and offers reforms to support these new understandings of the corporation in contemporary society.

  • Townsend, Robert Up the Organization  is a management classic I quoted often when I was writing on management strategies for small businesses. Robert Townsend  ran Avis when there was still real competition in the car rental industry and he coined the famous "We Try Harder" slogan. This is just a terrific book and may be the most socialist thing that has ever come out of corporate America. 
  • Turse, Nick  Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project)  Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by "a few bad apples." But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves."  Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington's long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called "a My Lai a month.
  • Van Buren, Peter We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project) We Meant Well is his eyewitness account of the civilian side of the surge―that surreal and bollixed attempt to defeat terrorism and win over Iraqis by reconstructing the world we had just destroyed. Leading a State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team on its quixotic mission, Van Buren details, with laser-like irony, his yearlong encounter with pointless projects, bureaucratic fumbling, overwhelmed soldiers, and oblivious administrators secluded in the world's largest embassy, who fail to realize that you can't rebuild a country without first picking up the trash.

  • West, Cornel and Smiley, Tavis The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto  With 150 million Americans persistently poor or near poor, the highest numbers in over five decades, Smiley and West argue that now is the time to confront the underlying conditions of systemic poverty in America before it is too late. While their conclusions are apt and the book is worth reading, it is unfortunate that neither author can bring himself to hold the Democratic Party accountable.
  • Wilkinson and Pickett  The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger   This book documents with a series of graphs and explanations why greater equality is good for all – not just the poor.
  • Woodard, Colin American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America  As the culture wars rage on, it seems the America we all learned about in elementary school - the “melting pot” where people of diverse cultures assimilate into a homogeneous, harmonious society - is based more on feel-good propaganda than research-supported fact. Colin Woodard’s exhaustive, engaging study of the eleven cultures which even now dominate our continent sanctions that instinctive conclusion. American Nations is the perfect book for any politics junkie, but it’s much more than that. A guide to understanding “how anybody can think like that,” it explains in a clear, entertaining, and sometimes downright funny style just how untied these "United" States truly are. Perhaps most strikingly it raises the question: Why do we try so hard to look, to the rest of the world, like something we’ve never been?

 

III. Radio

IV. Plays

Using strictly logic no matter how persuasive and documentation no matter how extensive sways few. We need to be flexible in using music, plays, and other arts to plant seeds.  Hollywood and sophisticated painters of reality have huge budgets, but while we can't do everything, we can do something. Below are two plays written by Jeff and Rose Roby, a couple that have devoted  a lifetime to changing our world for the better.

 

V. Videos, Movies,  and Memes

Watch: Obama Trades Transparency

 

VI. Unified Platform

            The ten goals of the Unified Platform is the basis we use for endorsing candidates or organizations. If either strays from the ten goals we loudly disavow them. Below is a summary. The full text is on this website.

1. Peace First

A world of increasing population, diminishing resources, and unstable climate is a world poised for conflict. 

2. Full Employment at a Living Wage

We hold that reordering our national priorities to make peace, the welfare of all people, and the protection of our planet our topmost concerns will result in long-term Economic Sustainability. 

3. Saving the Environment

We envision a sustainable society that recognizes our interdependence with the planet and utilizes resources such that future generations will benefit rather than suffer from the practices of past generations. 

4. A Real Social Safety Net

We stand firmly in support of strengthening, expanding, and protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance by any means necessary. 

5. Medicare for All 

We support Medicare for All as the single most effective approach to cutting runaway healthcare costs, and providing high-quality health care for all Americans. 

6. Fair Trade

We support reformulation of all international trade relations and commerce practices in order to protect the labor, human rights, economy, environment, and domestic industry of this nation, and those of partner and recipient nations.  

7. Human Rights/Civil Liberties

We are dedicated to protecting, respecting, and expanding the rights and civil liberties of all people. 

8. Election Reform

We support full public financing of elections in order to remove undue influence from political campaigns. Further, we recognize and are committed to ending the myriad opportunities for fraud which now exist in our electoral system. 

9. Corporate Accountability/Reform

National and multinational corporations have become too powerful. We must reduce the economic and political clout of corporations, improve corporate citizenship, increase executive responsibility, and require corporations to serve society and democracy while safeguarding the environment. 

10. Infrastructure Investment/Ownership

We support the establishment of a publicly funded infrastructure bank to capitalize large-scale physical projects and direct funding toward associated research and development. 

 

 

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