Reading Homework

Our mission is one of action, so beware the internet rabbit hole. (Remember that sitting in chairs helped get us into this mess.) But be informed.

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signsoffascism“The Complete Anti-Fascist Reading List” from

The Lessons of History:

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  –George Santayana

The Liberal Activist bookshelf:

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • All the President’s Men, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessNeil Postman
  • Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
  • Becoming A Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World, Nick Licata
  • Civil Disobedience, Henry Thoreau
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Jane Mayer
  • Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, George Lakoff
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933–1949, David Cesarani
  • Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age, David Cortright
  • Here Be Dragons, James Baldwin
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  • Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, Rebecca Solnit
  • How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, Haroon Moghul
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, Matt Taibbi
  • It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy, Jeffrey Feldman
  • Patagonia’s Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement, Nora Gallagher and Lisa Myers (editors)
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, Bill Browder
  • Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals, Saul D. Alinsky
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, 1951
  • The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement, Wesley Lowery
  • What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America, edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg

(Fantastic list of stuff for deeper dives at Public Books’ Trump Syllabus 2.0)

Movies and TV (to make you think, after a long day of activism):