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"Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption (what, not stupidity?) Led to Economic Armageddon" by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. (Pretty much restates the obvious.)

"CHEAP: The High Cost of Discount Culture" by Elllen Rupperl Shell. (Pretty much a recapitulation of the obvious. Let offshore government and then all there'd by is virtual corporatism. Look mah, no state, no county. Just, raw pure totalitarian capitalism. Democrach: So Yesterday. See Rupert Murdoch and New Corp for samples of the emerging or current corporataucracy. What too us so long?)

"Framed Up: What the Constitution Gets Wrong" by Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker Magazine, July 29, 2002). A quote from this article includes: "Some will take all this as proof that the system has worked exactly as the framers planned. But to believe that, one must believe that the framers were heartless, brainless reactionaries."

"The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralizing Democracy" by Daniel Lazare

"Making A Killing: The Myths of Capital's Good Intentions" by Ted C. Fishman (Harpers Magazine - August 2002). The lead-in quote to this article goes: ' They call war an art, but it isn't. It largely consists in outwitting people, robbing widows and orphans, and inflicting suffering on the helpless for one's own ends -- and that's not art: that's business.' - Kenneth Roberts.
Quotes from the article include: "Should we be surprised then, that the freeing up of world financial markets and world trade has spread an epidemic of violence?" TCF;
"Small arms and light weapons--such as pistols, assult rifles, and hand-held grenade launchers-- are the T-shirts of the 21st century." TCF; "This sort of dynamic is as old as colonialism, of course, but global financial markets have given a dying practice new life." TCF.

"Opposing the System", by Charles A. Reich (Public vs. private government, macht nicht (sp), makes little difference, although public government offers the possibility of democratic control if we can evolve it beyond special interest representative government by proxy.)

"America: What Went Wrong," by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele (Also see Time Magazine - November 9 and November 16, 1998, for information about how Corporate Welfare is costing us all hundreds of billions nationally, regionally and locally -- should be called buying down jobs... or how to subsidize the downsizing of the American economy...

"America: Who Stole the Dream," by Donald. L Barlett and James B. Steele, [Perhaps a more apt title would be, "America: The Dream, Who Gave it Away..."], -- clue: we (The People) did. We gave it to the money changers. This we did, after taking it away from the Crown of England over 200 years ago. Our fore-fathers must be rolling over in their graves. The corporate thieves are freedomed their way into total control over our government, not merely just our lives.

"Haves Without Have-nots," by Mortimer J. Adler (Not all economists are "mean?"*) This is an even handed although perhaps overly intellectualized assessment of the two major socio-economic systems and sifts the best from both to democratically benefit all free people everywhere.
*(An interesting study of students undertaking formal college training in economics showed that after completing their formal training, the students were less charitable, i.e., meaner, statistically, as it were).

"The Future of Capitalism," by Lester C. Thurow, Professor of Economics, MIT

"The Myth of Free Trade: A Plan for America's Economic Revival," by Dr. Ravi Batra (Southern Methodist University). Free trade costs America between $305 and $350 billion a year in lost quality paying manufacturing jobs which have been replaced by lower paying service industry jobs. Find out why 80% of American income earners are working harder and producing more while earning less and less in real dollars, as we have for the last two decades (20 + years) -- the longest period of income decline in America's history. Yep, you guessed it, "Free" Trade and "Free" Markets, aren't. The miscalculation of the free marketeers (economic theorists) is that they ignore or seem not to understand that markets are themselves assets (not unlike products and services), not to be given away, which is what Free Trade polices such as NAFTA (Not An F'-ing Thing For America?) and GATT do. Keep your passport updated. You may need it before the Free Trade dividend kicks in, to go after paying jobs in Mexico or off-shore. Its understandable that the multi-national corporations need and want Free Trade, but if the majority of Americans were calling the shots in Washington, my guess is that they would choose better paying quality manufacturing jobs here at home, rather than selling them across the border at pennies on the dollar... and the rich would get richer quicker yet... funny thing about workers... they are consumers too, and consumers with less income buy less... slap forehead and say "ah-hah!"

"Winner Takes All," author unknown (Hum?) (Beyond win-win, is this what "we" call winning?).

"Blackshirts & Red: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism", by Michael Parenti, Ph.D (Yale, Poli-Sci 1962). Was Newt Gingrich's Contract on American really so revolutionary? A paraphrased excerpt from B&R, '... The Italian neofascists were learning from the U.S. reactionaries how to achieve fascism's class goals within the confines of quasi-democratic forms: use of an upbeat, Reaganesque optimism; replace the jack booted militarists with media-hyped crowd pleasers; convince people that government is the enemy -- especially its social service sector -- while strengthening the repressive capacities of the state; instigate racist hostility and antagonisms between the resident population and immigrants; preach the mythical virtues of the free-market; and pursue tax and spending measures that redistribute income upward.' [Why has it taken so long to uncover the stolen property and money of the victims of the Holocaust?]

"Building A Win-Win World," by Hazel Henderson, Futurist (Auburn University)

"The Hundredth Monkey," author unknown, availability unknown. (envision one monkey, er., chimpanzee jumping up and down on a remote beach somewhere, screeching monkey-like and scratching its underarms. Now, envision another monkey coming along and aping the first monkey, and another and another, and so on until every monkey on the remote island-beach is monkeying (mimicking) the behavior of the first one. Then envision monkeys on beaches separated by oceans similarly doing the same without direct contact with the first monkey, and so it goes, behavior by osmosis? Corporatization of our culture through ubiquitous advertising and media are monkeying around with human behavior,-- essentially, contrived reality creation or man-ipulation. Virtuality is nothing new.)

"The Fourth Turning", by Straus & Howe
Suggests that the future -- over the next hump, if we survive it, voila, will be great. Ta Da!, but, very different. Get in, sit down, squeak noisily, and hold on!

Natural Capitalism, by Mother Jones Magazine, April 1997. Includes information about the hidden costs of automobiles (if one calculates the costs of our military force needed to protect oil supplies in the Middle East, the actual pump price of gasoline is closer to $7 or $8 per gallon [others have calculated the cost of gasoline at between $5.15 and $15 per gallon depending on where one draws the downstream direct and indirect costs]), and a glimpse of the Hypercar of the future.

"Economics Explained",
by Heilbroner & Thurow

"Downsize This: Threats of an Unarmed American," Michael Moore. The illustrious Mr. Moore, of "Roger and Me", fame, suggests that if companies are profiting from periodic downsizing, why not fire everyone and we'll all be rich...? Well, something like that.

"When Corporations Rule The World," by David C. Kouten [Unless I'm terribly mistaken, they already do, in increasingly decreasing numbers with each new industry or business consolidation and monopolization within the all-new and-improved downsized, up-profited "gobblized" economy of the new millennium.] -- 'just peddle faster if you have a bike...' Perhaps a "free" marketeer can explain the difference between the centralized planning of Totalitarian Communism (as we knew it) and totalitarian compulsory capitalism which is just up ahead around the corner when OBC, One Big Conglomerate owns and controls everything and everyone... Onward to feudalism...? Just think of the economies of scale that one big conglomerate could achieve... look Mawh! No Competition... whoopee!

"Reclaiming Our Sovereignty: Reestablishing control over the corporation," by Richard L. Grossman, (508) 487-3151

'...Sovereign people do not beg of, or negotiate with, subordinate entities which We (The People) created.' [We the people created corporations, not the other way around, so why do we passively pretend and permit otherwise? Corporations were created by We The People for the public good or interests, not personal gain. The use of the corporate privilege for personal gain is a modern day perversion of our nation's Founders' intent. Note that no corporate rights were Constitutionalized, and for good reason, as corporate power was seen as little different than taxation without representation or the divine right of kings...]

"Without Marx or Jesus," by B. F. Skinner [Explains the science of operant or behavioral conditioning and manipulation (works on chickens, dogs and other animals, including humans. Safeway's and other retailer "member-ship" discount cards are a form of operant conditioning marketing... making you believe you are getting a good deal, while the retailer laughs all the way to the bank posting record profits year after year... "good doggie," now y'all come back real soon for more, ya-hear?]

"Inside Congress," by Ronald Kessler

"Monopolies In America: Empire Builders & Their Enemies From Jay Gould to Bill Gates", by Charles R. Geisst

"The More You Watch (TV), The Less You Know," by Danny Schechter. Suggests that corporatization of television news bureaus is dumbing down America., '...where advertising takes precedence over content, and journalism is mired in a censorious culture of its own creation'. Unfortunately, this is happening at a time when reliable information is very critical to democracy itself. [ so its TV that causes low inteligence auto consumption ? ]

"Anger At Work: Learning the Art of Anger Management on the Job," a book by Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D.

"When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within," by McKay, Rogers, McKay

"The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience -- Victoria to Freud, by Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University.

Alibis for hatred:

(1) Social Darwinianism {Dar-lose-ian-ism ?},

(2) The Convenient Other, i.e., racism, homophobia, sexism, and other otherisms,

(3) The Cult of Manliness

(4) Religion

Time Magazine (November 9, & 16, 23, 30, 1998),
"What Corporate Welfare Costs You,"
A special investigation by Donald L. Bartlett and James B Steele, authors of "America: What Went Wrong"

Good Smart Growth and Bad Smart Growth

"The Growth Illusion" by Richard Douthwaite

"The Ownership Solution: Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century," by Jeff Gates

"What Americans Really Think, and Why Our Politicians Pay No Attention," by Barry Sussman... [Clue: Corporate Welfare coming back around as soft-money political campaign finance reform...] the answer? --
ReDemocracy / ReGovernment / ReCommunity

"Free Speech; For Sale", by Bill Moyers, available in video (Approx $30.00) 1 (800) 336-1917 -- Find out how "your" federal government gave away over $70 billion in publicly owned broadcast band and airwaves channels to the broadcast media monopoly and cartel... actually the monopoly paid for it, but not to the American people, rather they paid their representatives and senators who voted not to auction these public assets, who received hard and soft money political kickbacks... sometime referred to as campaign financing... for services rendered.

"Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What it Means for America"
by John J. Berger

Center for the New American Dream

Manufacturing a Culture of Dissatisfaction and Craving

20 easy (relatively) things to do to help clean up the air and environment.

The Energy Foundation: Addressing the Transportation Crisis

The Energy Foundation: Sustainable Energy

"Karl Marx: A Life", by Francis Wheen [ A capitalist's capitalist?]

"The New Politics of Consumption" by Juliet Shor

"Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism", a book by James B. Twitchell [Perhaps the game is over? But it really is only half-time.

"One Market Under God", a book by Thomas Frank

"The Activist's Handbook: A Primer" by Randy Shaw

"Shoveling Fuel For A Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All" by Brian Cech

"The Battle For God" by Karen Armstrong (good reference and historical perspective on fundamentalism, in re & vis a vis September 11 - WTC-NY (Y2K1)

"BLOWBACK: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire" by Chalmers Johnson (good reference and historical perspective in re & vis a vis September 11 - WTC-NY (Y2K1)

"Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software" by Steven Johnson

Links of Interest to Fellow ReDemocratists

Ratifiers For Democracy
Spark's Real Democracy Real Change
Political Resources Net
The Direct Democracy Center
The Committee For Direct Democracy
Alliance For Democracy
"The Strange Disappearance of Civic America"
Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital"

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