Considering their record of achievement,
you do NOT want conservative Republicans to run anything.
Below is a list of books that prove that point
and provide positive alternatives.
Most Important Books To Read - all by George Lakoff - found at: LINK HERE
Metaphors We Live By and
Don’t Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff —
No one should venture into political organization and campaign media operations without reading these books. Also, anyone venturing into political philosophy should read them with great devotion to absorbing all that they contain. Mr. Lakoff is a very clear-headed guy with a great handle on ideas and how they interrelate. There is an ability to embed deeply felt emotional content that the far right has learned and used - Breitbart, Fox, Glen Beck all know how to twist the fear and angry buttons and liberals are left arguing about "inflation adjusted studies of income variations between 1950 and 1997 in a study put out by the Stanford macro-economics department in 2001 as amended..."
Unknown to progressives and liberals is that economic studies cannot answer raw and constantly stoked fear. Emotional content and appeal must be carefully crafted by understanding how language, words, images, are woven into clear-messages for progressives and liberals... so far ignored by Democratic Party establishment. If you ever care about why Ayn Rand holds such sway over the thought-space of conservatives, then, this one set of books will provide the thought-leadership needed to counter such libertarian nonsense.
The Birth of the Chaordic Age by Dee Hock — This is not a typical corporate organization book. That Dee Hock started the VISA Credit Card company from nothing but a confused set of instructions from Bank of America and created something that was NOT typical corporate competitive overkill is an amazing story. He created a vital new way to look at how we organize ourselves. Great reading too! A must book for all leaders in the Progressive Party. VISA as it exists today has abandoned its early organizational creativity, however. See: http://www.chaordic.org/
News and Culture of Lying by Paul Weaver — Weaver describes the history of news from late 1800’s to present and how it changed from being fact-based to drama-based with heroes, villains, melodrama, and staged events. The beneficiaries of this staged-news are public-relations-oriented corporations and the Imperial Presidency. A must book for any interested in the media, especially the multiple-media system that the Progressive Party has to create.
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - by Timothy Snyder. The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. About the Author Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth.
Gangs of America by Ted Nace —
This is a must-read to understand the role of corporations in America. This book researches the history of corporate America. How it has been gaining in claiming and getting the same rights that persons get under our constitution, and indeed, even greater rights. A thorough book and a very well written and easy book to read.
Roberts Rules of Order found at www.robertsrules.com. The rules of how to manage and harness the energy of groups of people. A must for party leaders to know. Get the book on this website called: Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief.
Paul Manafort- his history, his lobbying firm and a wonderful look-into how lobbying actually works. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/ - a well documented look-into how lobby firms work and in particular into Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have made their living.
A War Against Truth by Paul William Roberts — You have to get through the first chapter which is an overwhelming hatred of what George Bush has done in Iraq. But once you do, you are rewarded with an Iraq after-the-war series of events and personal experiences that amaze and educate us. Until you read this, you just have no idea what is going on in Iraq and what a different group of people the Iraqis truly are.
Assassins Gate by George Packer — From a long list of personal experiences, first hand friendships with Iraqis, and many high level contacts in the American efforts in Iraq after the “war.” This level of truth is very difficult to take as the entire “reconstruction” effort is so utterly incompetent.
State of War by James Risen — A thorough examination of how the CIA and the DOD were pushed into supporting the decision to invade Iraq regardless of the facts that kept surfacing that the justifications were wrong.
The Reckoning by Randall Robinson — What a nice racket we have going: state and local governments outsource the running of prisons. The prison companies go public and become another bunch of corporate earnings-per-share junkies. To establish their industry as a growth industry, they use their money to bribe state a local legislatures to make more and more things a crime with longer and longer sentences, with the three-strikes-you’re-out-laws guaranteeing their long-term prison business. Now with a steady growth industry you have to find a big segment of society to feed the system for crime, punishment and prison and who best but African Americans. Which gets us back to slavery again. What an ingenious way to work it.
Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston —
Taxes, particularly the taxes NOT paid by the top 1%, are shown in this book. The author is the Income Tax Editor for the New York Times. He describes the litany of ways wealthy people have been granted special tax reductions, zero taxes, and loop holes. A nice report on Jack Welsh’s retirement pay package from GE which, in addition to being grossly selfish, greedy and avaricious, was kept secret from the stockholders, and, on which he pays nearly zero taxes.
What Liberal Media? By Eric Alterman — Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Eric Alterman's ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. As the question of whose interests the media protects-and how-continues to raise hackles, Alterman's sharp, utterly convincing assessment cuts through the cloud of inflammatory rhetoric, settling the question of liberal bias in the news once and for all. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, What Liberal Media? is required reading for media watchers, and anyone concerned about the potentially dangerous consequences for the future of democracy in America.
Power Down by Richard Heinberg — We have, maybe, some 50 years of known oil supplies at anything close to reasonable prices. If you want to read about how it works when peak oil peaks, read this book. Actually it is real downer. But truth often is nowadays.
Rats in the Grain – The Dirty Tricks and Trials of Archer Daniels Midland, The Supermarket to the World, by James B. Lieber — One of the big, in-your-face, truths that comes out in this thorough study of Archer Daniel Midland’s illegal, anti-trust activities is just what a bunch of greedy incompetents they all are. If these guys ever actually had to compete in a real free market they’d be lost. Instead they opt for government bribery, anti-trust price fixing, rigging the farm subsidies so that they are the key beneficiaries, riding around in corporate jets, golf with elected officials and administration people. It never ends.
Pipe Dreams – Greed, Ego and the Death of Enron, by Robert Bryce — This book describes a true soap opera melodrama of the life of Enron. It would be funny if it had not destroyed so many peoples’ lives and life-time savings. This book documents the incredible brief history of Enron, the investment banking involvement, and shows the utter incompetence of the management. To think that Ken Lay could have been the Secretary of the Treasury sends shivers up and down one’s spine. It is not that the regulators where asleep at the switch, but that they were so in the pocket of this company and industry. Also a good lesson that having any essential product traded as a commodity is a very, very bad idea.
When Corporations Rule The World – by David Korten. An excellent and in-depth description of the real impact corporations have on our society, the environment, government and everything else they touch. This book provides an excellent primer on how to see a world without corporations, or with their vastly restructured existence. The author also shows how utterly wrong-headed the notion that GDP growth is the only way to affect human benefits. In fact, it does the opposite.
Chain of Command by Seymour Hersh — Another of Seymour Hersh’s grand ventures into telling the truth about things. This guy is a national treasure.
The Faces of Islam by Stephen Schwartz — The history of Islam as interpreted and told by a Sufi (one of the main branches of Islam and NOT a Wahabi) practitioner. He spares no criticism of the Wahabi sect. Watching how the Wahabi sect has used middle east oil money to take over the entire field of Muslim religious expressive lays the strategy for how the fundamentalist Christians are doing the same with all of Christianity.
What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis — Bernard Lewis provides a solid grounding in the entire history of Islam in the Middle East and its refusal to become a part of the modern world.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins — A good description of how the US government, its many foreign investment agencies and activities link up with a few major US construction companies to exploit the entire world, with Central and South America being special cases of such hubris as to be thoroughly embarrassing to all Americans that they ever thought we were a “nice, freedom loving nation.” He describes the trillion dollar process of exploiting the US taxpayers and how we force American corporate empire on the world.
Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer — A step-by-step, country-by-country, incident-by-incident history of how the America government, representing its corporate clients, has overthrown legitimate governments around the world. This is one of the best sources of clearly documented history of how America actually represents it corporate clients around the world in the name of “national interests” but actually pursuing corporate interests.
The Sorrows of Empire by Chalmers Johnson — You may not know that the US maintains over 900 foreign military bases around the world at a huge cost. Our country has invaded the planet with our military. Lots and lots of bases all around the middle east to protect the American oil companies’ assets, cash flow and profits. The cost of this is enormous, and, it operates as the military arm of the US oil industry which gets to cherry pick the profits and leaves the “collateral damage” for others to pay for, suffer for, die for, and lose limbs for.
Blowback by Chalmers Johnson — Mr. Johnson introduced the notion of blowback, the reaction to US empire building that we create when the US government intrudes into the lives of people around the world. The key point being: Corporate-America through its ownership of government is responsible for creating the blowback—terrorism—and then increases the DOD budget to keep creating the terrorism that they then defend us from.
The Prize – the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power by David Yergin — This is an epic book which takes you through the entire history of the oil business from the first puddle of oil in Pennsylvania through the whole history of oil, it corporations, wars for oil, power and control of politics.
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann — You may as well get a good, solid grasp on where the whole planet is going regarding energy, oil, and our future. This is a classic on the environment that everyone should read.
Free Culture and The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig — Venture into the world of patents, copyrights, the internet, and idea inter-relatedness. And, then venture into the world of bribing Congress to extend patent and copyright laws way beyond their original meaning in the Constitution so that patent and copyright holders can effectively own the means of distributing information along with control of ideas that relate to their patents and copyrights. Complex material but very important.
The New American Militarism by Andrew Bacevich — An excellent source for materials on what the US Empire and Militarism is really all about.
1491 by Charles C. Mann — So you thought European white people showed up along with Christopher Columbus finding a continent with a few savages and primitive people living here? Think again. This book offers a very big shift in the “history” of the pre-Columbian American north and south continents. You will be amazed at the civilizations that existed here before Europe showed up, the populations that existed and the extent to which, in many ways, their civilizations were more advanced than European societies were at the same time. Also, that there were at least 150,000,000 native Americans before the invaders showed up which was far larger than the entire population of Europe. In addition, they lived in cleaner, better organized, and more socially equitable societies than did Europe. It will, or could, change your mind about who is and who is not a primitive savage.
The Collapse of Globalism by John Ralston Saul — A solid, intellectual, and through debunking of most of the globalization arguments along with the forecasted demise of globalization.
Conversations With God Books 1, 2, and 3 by Niel Donald Walsh — No matter what you think of channeling, you just have to read these books, all three of them, to get a glimpse of what God just might be like: honest, for one thing.
Permission Marketing and Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin — In these two books you will find the underlying marketing approach that the Progressive Party must adopt to succeed in raising $3 to $5 billion dollars a year. It is the first trust-based marketing system of thought ever offered.
How Israel Lost: The Four Questions by Ben Cramer — Written from the perspective of a journalist who has covered Israel for over 20 years. A very different take on the powers behind the scenes that govern the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.
Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell — A description of the idea of Elegance which is the art and science of achieving the maximum results for the least expenditure of energy. Although, Gladwell does not use those words. He describes how to focus on the singular tipping point where a nudge can work wonders.
Sacred Journey by Lazaris — An introduction to how people can expand their consciousness, how we are responsible for everything, and why there will not be any apocalypse. We don’t get off the hook that easily!
God and the Gavel by Marci A. Hamilton — An excellent review of the law, the constitution and the relationship of the law to religion. People interested in the abortion issue, or in separation of church and state should read this carefully.
Lying for Empire by David Model — A history from the second world war to the present of how each president, both Republican and Democrat, has lied to the American people about their wars and efforts to expand American Empire costing millions of people their lives. America has been, by far, the worst user of chemical warfare in all of history.
Dare to Discipline by Dr. James Dobson — OK, one book from the dark side. Every liberal needs to read James Dobson. Buy the used book from Amazon so at least you are not contributing to his further wealth. This book is a treatise on how to raise kids using discipline (which, when you dig deeper is done out of the authority Mr. Dobson assumes he can bestow from God to men to be the disciplinarians in families and then all that that entails: subservient women, male chauvinism, and obedient kids.)
The Political Life of Medicare by Jonathan Oberlander — This is a solid initial book to help you form some basis for understanding health care in this country and how Medicare works.
Blind Spot — The Secret History of American Counter-terrorism by Timothy Naftali — a very thorough history of how terrorism (blowback) has crept into the consciousness of our government.
Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert — a gigantic book with so much background information supporting the notion of American Empire as to boggle one’s mind.
Life Itself Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell by Boyce Rensberger — If you want to argue about abortion (and who doesn’t?) you may as well know something about cells and how they work. The book is an excellent exploration of how cells work whether you want to argue about it or not.
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill written by Ron Suskind — a marvelous peek into the actual day-to-day operations of the Treasury and how it relates to the White House and the President. If you thought Bush was not a great thinker you would find wonderful support for that notion.
The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot — Just to expand your view of the universe and how we perceive it.
Imperial Hubris – Why The West Is Losing The War on Terror, by Anonymous — A thorough investigation and review of the war on terror and its many, many faults. That George Bush is still perceived by some 50% of Americans as an effective leader in the war on terror is one of those things that makes your head ache.
The Buying of the Congress by Charles Lewis and the Center for Public Integrity — This book provides all the behind-the-scenes dismantling of worker safety, workers’ rights, environmental law dismantling, and corruption as it went to work in Newt Gingridge’s Republican Revolution. If you ever thought the news you see on television was the news, this book will show you how utterly misinformed we all are.
Beyond Chutzpah – On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, by Norman Finkelstein. This book will provide a very solid foundation for understanding the power of the Israeli lobby, its influence over our government, and how it uses Jews the world over for Israeli military industrial complex support.
FEWER – by Ben Wattenberg - How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future, by Ben Wattenberg. You will never understand the illegal immigration issue without first understanding the demographics of depopulation as it manifests in the US, in Europe and Japan.
A Legacy of Ashes, The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner. Based in its entirety on publicly available documents, many just recently released by the CIA under Freedom of Information compulsion. One of the most important things to grasp from this book is the total disparity between what the CIA is, was, and does and who runs it and whose interests they actually serve and what the movies, the media, James Bond, and hundreds of other dramas show and tell you. The entire media-history and dramatic treatment of the what the CIA is is garbage.