Books We Recommend – Politics/Economics/Society

Unhinged: How To Fix Our Broken Democracy – Daniel Newman – in graphic novel format.

Democracy in Chains – Nancy MacLean – Theme: history of the radical right’s plan for destabilizing the American government

Dark Money – Jane Mayer – the Koch brother’s network to destroy democracy

Supreme Inequality – Adam Cohen – the Supreme Court’s 50 year battle for a more unjust America

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents- Isabel Wilkerson – the divisions in society on the basis of color

The Deficit Myth – Stephanie Kelton – a discussion of modern monetary theory and how the federal government should not be viewed the same way as a family’s budget

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander – discussion of the use of mass incarceration to reinvent the system of segregation that the 1954 Brown vs Board started to destroy

Blowout – Rachel Maddow – the power and influence of fossil fuels and the consequences of that influence on all of us now and in the future

The Great Risk Shift – Jacob Hacker – an the new economic insecurity and the decline of the American dream and what we can do about it

People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism For An Age of Discontent – Joseph Stiglitz

American Amnesty – Jacob Hacker – how the war on government led us to forget what made America prosper

Why We’re Polizerized – Ezra Klein – identity politics in America and how the divisions affect the society

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman – the basics of behavioral psycology that has had a tremendous influence on the economics field demonstrating the foolishness of seeing people as always making rational decisions

Educated – Tara Westover – a memoir demonstrating growing up in a disfunctional family that forces kids to adopt a set of values and beliefs in isolation of the rest of society

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism -Robin Diangelo
Caste – Isable Wilkerson – Race and class
Capital and Ideology – Thomas Piketty – a discussion of the rising inequality throughout the world and what may be done to reduce it.

Capital and Ideology – Thomas Piketty – Comparative analysis of the neoliberal hyper-capitalism and it’s effect on inequality around the world. Piketty also discusses one of the alternatives that could be pursued if people are mobilized.