1. The Christian Bible – People are far gone when they can be convinced that the most important book that they will ever read should be read in archaic English. (And if you think that the Christian Bible was written in English, then I have a used car I would like to sell you.) Thank Christendom (false Christianity) for helping with that idea. There is more than one translation of the Hebrew Aramaic/Greek books – that constitute the Christian Bible – into plain English!
2. Noam Chomsky’s “Deterring Democracy” – He may be slipping now, judging by his failure to grasp the Syrian catastrophe. In an article I found by Norman Finkelstein, Noam states that he doesn’t think the U.S. and Israel are after Assad! “Israel has done nothing to indicate that it is trying to bring down the Assad regime. There are growing claims that the West intends to supply the opposition with arms. I believe this is quite misleading. The fact of the matter is that were the United States and Israel interested in bringing down the Syrian regime there is a whole package of measures they could take before they came to the arms-supply option.” But, putting that aside, few have explained so much about so much.
3. Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine – The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism” – I recommend this book, despite Naomi’s hate-on for God and the Christian Bible, which, in her later (otherwise excellent) book, “This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. The Climate,” she blames for all of the world’s woes. Good move Naomi!
4. Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsongs’ “Ukraine – Zib’s Grand Chessboard & How The West Was Checkmated” – This book presents a great overview of schemes that unprincipled and influential men (only) have dreamed up and succeeded, largely, in having ruling classes, primarily the British and American ruling classes, follow, to humankind’s detriment. The one shortcoming in this otherwise great overview consists in the tone of bravado on display. I have a problem with bravado. It’s risky. I don’t consider it a good way to pump up the troops. Pumping your fist in the air and shouting “We will win!,” in regard to specific fights, demoralizes activists and those who they inspire to care and follow them – if they lose. If you don’t actually know the future, and aren’t conveying God’s prophecies, then don’t pretend (and for sure not in absolute terms) that you do.
5. William Greider’s “One World, Ready Or Not – The Manic Logic Of Global Capitalism”
6. John Perkin’s “Confessions Of An Economic Hitman” – An insider/whistleblower’s look at how mafia capitalism, aka neoliberal capitalism, aka vampire capitalism, works. John claims that he doesn’t know whether he read the term ‘corporatocracy’ somewhere, but it popped into his head as he was thinking about EHMs and their work. He certainly can be credited with making the word well known. I like it myself. It looks to me like John has taken a turn toward New Agey crap. I call it crap. I apologize if you are into it. I have also read his “The Secret History Of The American Empire,” which is fine. It really covers, mostly, the same ground as “Confessions.” Also, there’s an updated version of “Confessions” called “The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman.” I have now read it. There’s been 15 chapters (100 pages) added and there was some material there (on Rafael Correa) that I found useful and interesting. But overall, “The New Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man” fails. See my blog post titled “Progressives” to get an idea how I think John’s updated book failed. John pens an introduction to his updated book that can be found at Truthout. In it, he quotes Thomas Paine favorably. (The historian Howard Zinn does not.) I would be surprised if John has not read Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History Of The United States,” especially considering that he thinks of Zinn as a mentor. As for the original “Confessions” I can’t find a clean link to it. So I’ll give you the link to his newer version.
6. Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History Of The United States – 1492-2001” – Just wow! The final part of the book might unvravel a bit, but this is must-reading. Zinn calls Bernie a socialist. Did he have a good look at him?
7. “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism, The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume I” by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
This book pulls no punches. Here’s an example: “Torture, death squads and freedom of investment are related parts of the approved model sponsored by the leader of the Free World. Terror in these [National Security] states is functional, improving the “investment climate,” at least in the short-run, and US aid to terror-prone states… is positively related to terror and improvement of investment climate and negatively related to human rights… It turns out, therefore, if we cut through the propaganda barrage, Washington has become the torture and political capital of the world. Torture and political murder in the United States itself are absolutely and relatively low, and obviously provide no basis for such a harsh judgment. But the United States is the power center whose quite calculated and deliberate policy and strategy choices have brought about a system of clients who consistently practice torture and murder on a terrifying scale.” – pages 16 & 17
Chomsky is fond of pointing out that Latin America has, to a great extent, pulled out of the (neoliberal) Washington Consensus (of one). He may now be revising that assessment as counterrevolution pushes back successfully against the people’s gains. Which also, sadly, makes this book so completely relevant to today. The details (country-wise) may vary somewhat, but the situation today is beginning to look much like it did when this book (which was published in 1979) was written.
One disagreement – or difference in viewpoint – that I have with the authors of this book is in regard to their view of the churches stand in relation to the National Security States (police states) of Latin America. They point out that those churches are, by and large, Conservative (a word whose meaning has changed over the years, from meaning something not all bad to somethng really bad). As time progressed and the atrocities committed by these (self-professed Christian) NSSs piled up, the churches couldn’t help but side with the victims, who were ordinary people. And so they did, to some extent anyway. But Noam Chomsky doesn’t believe in God. I don’t know about Edward Herman. But considering what is ‘not’ said in this book about the role that the churches are supposed to perform, I have to conclude that Herman is just as faithless (whether he’s Christian or not) as Chomsky. Therefore, They are not going to talk about the Christian Bible’s central teaching, revolving around the figure of Jesus Christ, which is: the Kingdom of God. And that Kingdom is not (solely) in our hearts and it is not the United Nations, an idea which the Latin American churches – with the exception of Jehovah’s Witnesses – invariably pushed, together with their putative foes, the secular NSS authorities. (See my blog post titled “Nazi America.”) The Christian churches, collectively, are an abomination. The Witnesses refer to them as Christendom, a wholly appropriate term, considering how they, together with the secular rulers, worldwide, rule over, or have a kingdom over, humankind. Christendom, in fact, is a component of global false religion, made up of all religions whose members reject Jehovah’s sovereignty and actually push the idea that man is God (via The Lie).
8. “After The Cataclysm, The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume 2” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman
9. “The Real Terror Network” by Edward Herman. It won’t be possible for you to buy this out of print book, except second hand online. Or you might luck out and find it in a used bookstore. And it doesn’t look like you will find a decent review of it online, not because there isn’t one – I wouldn’t know – but because the internet has been crippled by Google et al. I don’t know whether this book specifically has been buried by the algorithms, human and computer, that fascist Google now employs in its attack on real news, but in my search for the book, looking for something substantial and non establishment about it, I came up empty.