Reliable Media & Reading Resources

Progressive Online Media You Can Trust
1news u can trustSo much fake news and so much pablum. Retake was going to undertake 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.   In Santa Fe, we recommend Collected Works. 505 988-4336. 202 Galisteo St. or www.collectedworksbookstore.com where you can find out their ongoing range of events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.