Democracy Matters, by Cornell West From the publisher: West argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis… [Continue Reading]
The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, by Richard Heinberg UPDATE: New option: Read Free! Download Chapter by Chapter or see other purchase and sharing methods below. You know you have a problem when both political parties, and every economist and media pundit is debating how to best achieve something not physically… [Continue Reading]
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan Many Americans worry about putting food on the table. When they do get the food to their families, it’s not necessarily what many would traditionally consider “food”. As described in the Omnivore’s Dilemma, agriculture corporations… [Continue Reading]
Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber One of the more common grievances at Occupy demonstrations is the anger over being forced to live in a system entirely dependent on debt. Debt is not just the problem of those sloppy with their credit card payments. Debt is not only a problem for those sold… [Continue Reading]
grift·er noun, slang 1. a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., especially a gambling attraction. 2. a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like. If the 2008 crisis is just the sum of buffoonish mistakes that hurt everyone involved, why did the monkeys swinging at the top of the trees end… [Continue Reading]
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Captialism, by Naomi Klein This book explores our species’s tendency to allow decisions to be made for us when shocked – a sense of desperate disorientation searching for whatever leadership comes first. This biological phenomenon has now been turned into a philosophy of obtaining and maintaining power over… [Continue Reading]
Unlike the plethora of other calls to “Occupy!” specific locations with your presence, the phrase “Occupy Educated” is not a call to Be Somewhere, it’s a call to Be Something. Simply put, if you’re going to be Occupying anything, be Educated while doing so. Having a working knowledge of the issues and their root causes… [Continue Reading]
Can we really pop our bubble economy before it bursts? A 1930′s economic study, dubbed The Chicago Plan, advocating that we walk away from a debt-based currency has been recently run through advanced computer models at the IMF, and the results suggest it would work marvelously.
This is an emergency response to the destruction of the library at Occupy Wall Street, a clear attempt to destroy the education of passionate people who are tired of living in a deeply flawed system. Razing libraries and burning books has historically failed every time; thiis will be the most colossal failure to repress education… [Continue Reading]
Is it left to recognize facts that a growth-based, unchecked plutocracy is using up our resources? Are you a socialist to understand how Bank of America and Goldman Sachs profited from deceit at the expense of 99% of us?
We’ll be doing a live interview with Richard Heinberg on January 30, at 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific. Heinberg will also answer your live questions via your webcam or chat room, using Vokle technology.
Heinberg, author of The End of Growth, featured on our Essential Reading List, will be discussing what it means to be living in a growth-based economy on a finite planet. If it is not sustainable to grow forever, then what sort of demands should Occupy be making of the system? Do we need fixes, or a complete rethinking of our economy? Do we search for economic justice now, or prepare for an entirely new game?