Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Reading List

Plunder: When the Rule of Law is Illegal by Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). When raw imperial and corporate power shape, control and interpret "the rule of law," the latter becomes, in the commentary by William Grieder, "an ideological mechanism for subjugating peoples and imposing injustice."

Undoing the Bush-Cheney Legacy: A Tool Kit for Congress & Activists, edited by Ann Fagan Ginger (Meiklejohn Civil Liberties, Berkeley, California, 2008) Compiled by a veteran constitutional and human rights attorney, through this paperback (see mcli.org) Ann Ginger cites specifically the legislation, regulations, executive orders and presidential signing statements that violate our constitution, treaties and other basic laws. She urges an omnibus "Restore Democracy Act" in 2009 to repeal the official illegalities of the Bush regime.

The Power of the Peddler
by Jeno F. Paulucci with Les Rich and James Tills (Paulucci International, 2005). Jeno is a quite different kind of peddler--creating more companies challenging giant corporations into his nineties than you can count, supporting and insisting on labor unions in his factories, defiantly defending the peoples right to "sue the bastards." This generous man even printed blurbs on his book jacket from detractors.

For stimulating reflection try: A Year With Emerson edited by Richard Grossman (David R. Godine, 2005). Long-time Ralph Waldo Emerson scholar, Grossman selects a thought, musing or observation by Emerson for each day of the year--all 365 of them. What a way to start or end a day for a man who took time to think and urge us toward self-reliance.

2 comments:

Susan said...

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