Reliable Media & Reading Resources

Progressive Online Media You Can Trust
1news u can trustSo much fake news and so much pablum. Retake is in the process of undertaking a massive review of the media to assemble an inventory of publications you can trust and organize them into issue areas, creating a useful inventory of resources. This is a page that will grow and become more robust.

We have found a great place to start because Local Futures: The Economics of Happiness had already developed an excellent inventory of reliable media organized by topic areas. Click here to find a wide range of media sources you can trust and they are organized into categories and by geography. Best of all, once you click on one category each of the sources is listed with links to their website. Very handy little resource. Unfortunately, for reasons I do not know, The Nation Magazine was not included in their otherwise excellent list of reliable media focusing on politics. Otherwise a great list.

Progressive Articles to Grow With

1localfuturesLocal Futures also has a list of specific readings on a range of topics. Click here for an inventory of readings from Local Futures, the Economics of Happiness.  They have readings organized by:

  • Localization and Globalization.
  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Cultural Development
  • Supporting curricula with a range of articles on topics like:
    • A Vision for the Future;
    • Globalization and Planetary Emergency;
    • Localization Alternatives;
    • Food, Farming and Where We Can Get Our Food in a Sustainable World

Books Worth a Read

1collectedworksThis is a very partial list and we ask for your suggestions. But if you worked your way through all these books, you’d be one very well-informed progressive. For all books, we ask that you not purchase through Amazon. Please work with your local book store. Amazon sells guns, toxic chemicals, and anything anyone wants to sell, regardless of its benefit to the community or the world. Most local book stores employ local people and sell books and coffee; they don’t sell guns and toxics.   In Santa Fe, we recommend Collected Works. 505 988-4336. 202 Galisteo St. or where you can find out their ongoing range of events.

Before diving into analysis of current affairs, we feel it is important to provide historical context, the cultural and historical heritage we, in the 21st Century have inherited. Our past.

The People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn. An excellent starting point to unlearning what you have learned in public schools, a retelling of American history that understands that history through a lens of racism, sexism, colonization, capitalist greed and immense hubris.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  An excellent primer on the history of US colonization from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

The Other America, Michael Harrington. Perhaps more than any book in the late 20th century, this book showed us how the other half lived, the communities of color, the largely white rural poor.

When They Call You a Terrorist, Patrisse Khan-Cullors. This is a memoir of the founder of Black Lives Matter. While it sprinkles in dates and data, this is far more a personal history that describes her very intimately precisely how racist policies and practices impacted her father, brother, step-father and her…and by extension all black lives. A short, easy to read book that gets you out of your head and into your heart.

The remaining books on this list are both inspirational and directive. Each, in its own way describes the urgent need for action, while pointing in the direction of what must be done.

No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein.  After outlining clearly all we must resist, Klein articulates the flip side, what we can believe in and advocate for. A very short, easily digestible read.

Demand the Impossible. Bill Ayers. Another short, accessible book that examines America today and poses bold policy and organizing ideas that, like Klein, expand our horizons of the possible and help us understand that the impossible just could be possible.

Daring Democracy, Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen.  This is both depressing and inspirational. Daring Democracy explains precisely how beginning in about 1970, the elite in America, really a handful of billionaires determined that the 60s could be a harbinger for change that would threaten their grip on America and the world. It describes how they have purchased our education systems, our media and our government and how with that control, how they are re-educating America to believe in the myth of capitalism and ‘free’ markets and that if you work hard, you succeed so if you don’t succeed it is your fault and deserve only pity, not help. It is unsparing, but it also provides a path to something better.

The End of Growth, Richard Heinberg. Examines the critical need to develop a new economic model that does not measure quality of life by economic growth that relies upon unnecessary consumption and that benefits only the one percent. A tremendous eye-opener.

This Changes Everything.  Naomi Klein. A long read but Klein covers a good deal of ground in a brilliantly written book that explains how the intersection of social, racial, economic, indigenous and climate justice…connecting the dots…. can lead to a stronger, more unified movement and that climate change poses an urgent deadline that can animate engagement and activism. One of my all-time favorite books.

The Public Bank Solution. Ellen Brown. This book will blow your mind. First it clearly articulates the house of cards that is our banking system and the absolutely astonishing way that the big banks control so much more than we imagine. Then Brown describes very clearly how public banks at the city, state and national levels could save the public sector trillions of dollars and dedicate those funds to….us (the 99%), not them (the 1%). Required reading for anyone who lives in a community considering developing a public bank. They want you to think it is impossible. It is not.

How to Kill a City, Peter Moskowitz. Another short, accessible read that will introduce you to the causes of gentrification and its impact on low-income communities that not so coincidentally are mostly communities of color. He examines New York, Detroit, New Orleans and San Francisco. Very applicable to communities throughout the US.

No More Heroes, Jordan Flaherty. An interesting read about how privileged individuals can best support grassroots movements, not necessarily by leading and being heroes, but learning from those who have been fighting the battles for decades and following and supporting their lead.

Dark Money, Jane Mayer: The Hidden History of Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. If you ever want to learn how we wound up in the mess we are in with the powers that be on strings pulled by the 1%, read this book.

The Shock Doctrine: There Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein. Klein describes in detail how the corporatocracy, the 1% and the right use terrible shocks, disasters and events of violence to advance capitalist control of just about everything. Totally groundbreaking work that explains one helluva a lot.

Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, George Lakoff. This is an essential guide to progressive conversation and communication whether you are talking with a neighbor or family member, writing a letter to the editor, or testifying at your City Council. Lakoff explains how the right has captured how we discussed issues and how we can reclaim the higher ground.