This is a MUST READ BOOK. Our democracy has been chugging along despite dirty rotten scoundrels, but that is no longer the case. McCarthyism is when I think tipped us over the edge. No, wait, the internment of the Japanese Americans came first. Previously we had been stumbling at least towards some degree of a sense of social justice. But that was killed by Reagan, compounded by Bill Clinton, and destroyed world over by George W. Bush.
Another on the must check out from library again and do a proper review. Listening to a college course lecturer on McCarthyism now on cd so that will be very informative as a background to the future and potential civil liberty crack downs like the Alien and Sedition Act.
I had to return to the library so will have to get again to add the essay part and quotes. But I decided to hit publish anyway because it is so good and I just want to get the recommendation out there.
Just found this older list that I planned to do short takes on, but now have returned the books and don’t recall much so have to recheck out, but here is the list for your consideration. Some duplicates with other posts may occur if I did manage to do some write ups but I am too lazy too check each one.
For some reason, the links to a lot of the books are gone. I may have missed one or two, but I KNOW I DID NOT MISS all the ones now missing GoodReads links, darn it. So I’m sorry, but I am not going to spend another hour or more redoing them when I don’t know why they disappeared in the first place.
Capitalism and freedom by Milton Friedman (2002) [author I am happy to say died in 2006; he created the false doctrine of neoliberalism]
Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (2010)
Nation on the Take: how big money corrupts our democracy and what we can do about it by Wendell Potter (2016)
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republican and Clinton Democrats enriched Wall Street while mugging Main Street by Robert Scheer (2010)
The New Road to Serfdom: a letter of warning to America [listened to book on cd] by Daniel Hannan (2011)
The Road to Serfdom: text and documents by Friedrich A. von Hayek (2007)
Why we can’t afford the rich by R. Andrew Sayer
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: dispatches from the front lines by Michael E. Mann (2012)
Bill of Wrongs: The Executive branch’s assault on America’s fundamental rights[cd] by Molly Ivins (2007)
C Street: the fundamentalist threat to American democracy by Jeff Sharlet (2010)
Democracy Maters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism [cd] by Cornel West (2004)
F*U*B*A*R: America’s right wing nightmare [cd] by Sam Seder (2006) for the innocents out there, FUBAR stands for Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition, and variation of SNAFU, Situation Normal, All Fucked Up
Unthinking: the surprising forces behind what we buy [cd] by Harry Beckwith (2011)