Educational Resources

It has been decided that one important action we need to do is educate ourselves. So we are putting together a list of recommended books, articles, and documentaries. If you’d like to add to the list e-mail suggestions to contact@occupyberkshires.com.

Table of Contents

Books

Disposable People, by Kevin Bales, University of California Press.

Strong Democracy: Participatory Politcs for a New Age, by Benjamin Barber

Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, by William Blum.

Anything by Noam Chomsky

Death of the Liberal Class, by Chris Hedges

The “S” Word: A Short History of An American Tradition…Socialism, by John Nichols

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back, by Douglas Rushkoff

War Made Easy, by Norman Solomon

Globalization and its Discontents, by Joseph Stiglitz

A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn

Film and TV

Corruption of Congress, lecture by Lawrence Lessig
http://blip.tv/lessig/republic-lost-5670281

Food, INC. (2008)

Who Killed The Electric Car? (2006)

The Best Government Money Can Buy, directed by Francis Megahy (2009)

30 Days, a TV series hosted by Morgan Spurlock. Episode entitled “Minimum Wage” is particularly apt.

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson documentary explores global financial meltdown of 2008.

Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky

Capitalism Hits the Fan, Richard Wolff
http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com/ 

Audio

“Local Food,” Alternative Radio broadcast by Joel Salatin
http://www.alternativeradio.org/products/salj001

“Inverted Totalitarianism,” Alternative Radio lecture from Chris Hedges

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Articles

Craig Barnes, “The Corporations are Coming”
http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/node/130

Jess Bravin, “Campaign Finance Ruling Looms
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126023967777081231.html
Wall Street Journal.

“Jeff Clements, Citizens United v. FEC: Time for a Free Speech for People Amendment?”
http://www.acslaw.org/node/15156
American Constitution Society Blog

Steve Cobble, “People = Corporations? Not.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cobble/people-corporations-not_b_431366.html
Huffington Post

G. William Domhoff, “Who Rules America”
http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/ 

“Meritocracy in America: Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend”
http://www.economist.com/node/3518560?story_id=3518560
The Economist

“Social Mobility and Inequality”
http://www.economist.com/node/15908469
The Economist

Jamie Raskin, “Corporations Aren’t People”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112714052
National Public Radio

Jim Sleeper, “Corporate Free Speech? Since When?”
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/200…
Boston Globe

Monica Youn, “Corporations Have No Business in Elections”
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-youn10-2010jan10…
Los Angeles Times

“Is legalizing corporate electioneering ‘pro-business’?”
http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/node/34

Jeff Clements, “Beyond Citizens United v. FEC: Re-Examining Corporate Rights”
http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/acsbrief
American Constitution Society.

Jeff Clements, “Making Democracy Work: Free Speech for People”
http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/sites/default/files/Clements-%20Ma…

Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert, “Under Attack, Credit Raters Turn to the First Amendment”
http://huffpostfund.org/stories/2009/10/under-attack-credit-raters-tu…

More background articles from Free Speech for People:
http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/taxonomy/term/4

“Citizens for Tax Justice Report: Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2008-10”
http://www.ctj.org/corporatetaxdodgers/CorporateTaxDodgersReport.pdf

“Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States” (Updated with 2009 and 2010 estimates)
Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Department of Economics
http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/saez-UStopincomes-2010.pdf