Orphan Master’s Son, a novel
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins was my primer last year on the commingling of business and governance in the US.
It’s a memoir, and it was set between 1970 and 1990. I wonder if it’s quite a bit dated now that Trump’s foreign policy is to put a paper bag over America’s head and pretend no one else can see us.
Have been trying to find things that help me understand the other side, especially since I have conservative family members.
A very helpful book was:
The Righteous Mind; Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
Also want to second the recommendation for
Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacClean. It goes beyond “Dark Money” into the theoretical beginnings.
I think you are doing a great job. You summarize news to make an easy read. You cover subject that ‘go over the head’ of most of the news channels. You are keeping Trump on his toes.
Keep up the good work! We appreciate your efforts.
How about anything by Charles Eisenstein…since one of the main elements missing in our political climate is any sense of authentic spirituality, ie. Oneness
Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
I haven’t read either but they are on my “what to read next” list.
I’ll second this one. As a psychologist (not psychiatrist) I don’t feel bound by the Goldwater rule, and would certainly join the authors if asked!
whoa. i didn’t know chris hedges had published anything since War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning… Thanks!
“This Is How It Begins” by Joan Dempsey
Despite its breathless, clickbait title, Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America is a must-read for understanding why the U.S. is in the soup right now. Meticulously researched and presented, it complements and provides a deeper backstory for Jane Mayer’s Dark Money . Completely engaging and eye-opening.
The wonderful book about the Electoral College gone wrong, written by Jeff Greenfield, “The People’s Choice”. And he wrote it years before George W. or Trump ran.
What happens if the President-Elect dies after the election, but before the Electoral College votes? Does the “loser” Presidential candidate win? Does the Vice-President elect then become President? Laws vary by each state - if the laws are clear what to do anyway.
Throw in a Dan Quayle-like VP-elect, and an Electoral College member who doesn’t want to vote as she is told and you get a book that I LAUGHED OUT LOUD to.
Did someone already mention Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance? I didn’t read all the posts in this thread so perhaps it was already mentioned, but it’s a fascinating view of the southern working poor and how much of that is systemic.
This is a brilliant and super depressing if not accurate take on today.
I can’t stop thinking about Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. Decades old and painfully accurate.
I also recommend Strangers In Their Own Land and Merchants of Doubt.
Remember to balance with Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart…
It totally turned my head around when I read it in college, it’s been part of my worldview ever since, but I reread it for the first time in 2017. Definitely a good choice, and I’ve been recommending it to others,
POLARIZED! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump: An experiment in civil discourse on Facebook by Jeff Rasley
In the US, our body politic is suffering from a sickness. Political polarization has become so extreme it has spawned violence against and by politicians. A new syndrome, “post-election stress disorder”, is recognized by psychologists. Instead of trying to lower the temperature, the media, politicians, and political action committees (PACs) stoke the angry passion of extremism.
Social media has contributed to this culture of outrage. It is polluted by the rantings of bigots, trolls, and terrorists. Fear-mongering politicians use it to widen social, economic, and ideological divisions. Social media could be a medium for civil discussions about political issues, but the temptation to respond impulsively and angrily has made politics even more toxic. It’s just easier to rant and vent or hide out in like-minded silos.
Is there any possibility of a cure for the sickness of our body politic?
Facebook is the largest forum in the history of humankind for free and open communication among citizens. It can be used to engage in meaningful conversations about important political, social, and economic issues. Facebook has the potential, as described by Mark Zuckerberg, to be a medium where people discover their common values and connect in uplifting and enlightening ways. Or, it can be used to further aggravate prejudices and divisions.
The choice is ours to make.
As is demonstrated in Jeff Rasley’s latest book “regular folks” can use their social networks for civil discussion and debate, and then for positive political action. Whatever our political leaning, we need not imitate President Trump by tweeting insults and ridicule at political opponents.
Who do we want to be as a nation?
“The Case for Civility” exposes the causes and effects of hyper-partisanship. It offers a “modest proposal” to treat the symptoms of toxic polarization at the grassroots level. An experiment Rasley conducted in Facebook based on the values of civility, tolerance, pragmatism, and moderation proves we can cure what ails us.
Yes, it is.
The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016, by Peter Kivisto
No, it is not bad to recommend your own book if it is relevant – and I believe it IS relevant! I just watched this earlier today: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveYouAmericaWithSarahSilverman/videos/1613988585349239/