Alterman, Eric, “Why We’re Liberals” And to think all this time I thought I was a liberal because it seemed the moral, more karmically balanced thing to be. Who knew it also made such societal, fiscal and practical sense?

Bai, Matt, “The Argument” About the revolution in the Democratic Party — fascinating!

Bakan, Joel, “The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power”

Critser, Greg, “Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World” Wow. Critser paints a picture that shows how a number of historical, economic, marketing, agricultural, political and other factors combined to make our society ripe to become fat — and did we ever. He also provides cogent explanations of how some specific ingredients have the potential to ruin our health — the good news being that they can be relatively easy to avoid. Fascinating, quick reading, logical. Read this book!

Kasser, Tim, “The High Price of Materialism” Concerns the effect that materialism has on the individual (in terms of happiness and mental health and well-being), on other people and the earth.

Lakoff, George, “Don’t Think of an Elephant” I liked this mostly because I hadn’t thought of political statements in terms of framing before, and regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, it’s useful to be able to see the frame behind the statement and understand if/how someone may be attempting to manipulate your thinking. Insightful.

Lappé, Frances Moore “Getting a Grip” About sustainable, individual democracy and social change therefrom.

Laszlo, Ervin, “Chaos Point” In case you didn’t already realize just how dire our global situation is and on how many fronts drastic change is needed.

Myers, Norman and Jennifer Kent, “The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment” Concerns the effect that rising economies like China and India will have on world resources as their spending patterns become more like those of the first-world powers.

Myers, Norman and Jennifer Kent, “The New Atlas of Planet Management” I cannot imagine a better compendium of easily-accessible facts about the rate at which we’re using up a variety of resources, placed in a historical context.


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