Here are some notable readings worthy of your critical attention, time, and consideration (albeit some more than others, given our sundry behaviourthoughtfeeling (BTF) patterns) listed by title:


  • Mosler, WarrenThe 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy.  2010.  Valance Co Inc (7 AUG 2013)  ISBN-10: 0692009590  ISBN-13: 978-0692009598  [Key MMT text.]


  • Griffin, David Ray.  9/11 Ten Years Later:  When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed.


  • Galbraith, John KennethThe Affluent Society1958.  Mariner Books; 40 Anv Sub edition (15 OCT 1998)   ISBN-10: 0395925002  ISBN-13: 978-0395925003
  • Gregg, Melissa (editor) and Gregory J. Siegworth (editor).  The Affect Theory Reader.  Duke University Press Books (12 NOV 2010)
  • Fraser, SteveThe Age of Acquiescence:  The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power.
  • Prins, Nomi.  All the President’s Bankers:  The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.
  • Scott, Peter Dale.  The American Deep State:  Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack On U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library series).  2014.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (30 OCT 2014)   ISBN-10: 1442214244  ISBN-13: 978-1442214248
  • Ryan, Kevin Robert.  Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (14 JUN 2013ISBN-10: 1489507833  ISBN-13: 978-1489507839
  • Mises, Ludwig vonThe Anti-Capitalistic Mentality[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Scahill, Jeremy, the staff of The Intercept, with Edward Snowden (foreword) and Glenn Greenwald (afterword).  The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program.  2016.  Simon & Schuster (3 MAY 2016)  ISBN-10: 1501144138  ISBN-13: 978-1501144134
  • Haas, Jeffrey.  The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther2011.  Chicago Review Press (1 APR 2011) ISBN-10: 1569767092  ISBN-13: 978-1569767092


  • Chang, Ha-JoonBad Samaritans:  The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism.  2008.
  • Chomsky, Noam.  Because We Say So.
  • Rall, TedBernie.  2016.  Seven Stories Press (19 JAN 2016)  ISBN-10: 1609806980  ISBN-13: 978-1609806989
  • Black, William K.  The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is To Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry.  2005.  University of Texas Press, First Edition (1 APR 2005); University of Texas Press; Updated Edition edition (15 JAN 2014)  ISBN-10: 0292754183  ISBN-13: 978-0292754188
  • Ogbar, Jeffrey O.G..  Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (Reconfiguring American Political History)2005.  Johns Hopkins University Press; 50600th edition (5 MAY 2005)  ISBN-10: 0801882753  ISBN-13: 978-0801882753  [reading pending; this book seems to cite Bobby McCall, a former Black Panther and father of rapper Money-B.]
  • Fanon, FrantzBlack Skin, White Masks.
  • Harvey, David.  A Brief History of Neoliberalism.
  • Talbot, DavidBrothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.
  • Hudson, MichaelThe Bubble and Beyond.


  • Federici, Silvia.  Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.  [reading pending]
  • Piketty, Thomas (translated by Arthur Goldhammer).  Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  2014.  Belknap Press (15 APR 2014)  ISBN-10: 067443000X  ISBN-13: 978-0674430006
  • Marx, Karl. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. The Process of Capitalist Production. Frederick Engels, Ernest Untermann, eds. Samuel Moore, Edward Aveling, trans. 1906. Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved March 4, 2016 from the World Wide Web:  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Friedman, MiltonCapitalism and Freedom.  [N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Benson, P., & Kirsch, S.. (2010). Capitalism and the Politics of Resignation. Current Anthropology, 51(4), 459–486.  Stable URL:
  • Wolff, Richard DCapitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It.
  • Joseph, SchumpeterCapitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (Third Edition)[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/quasi-right-wing perspective.]
  • Smart, Teresa and Joseph Hanlon.  Chickens and Beer: A recipe for agricultural growth in Mozambique2014.
  • Royce, Edward.  Classical Social Theory and Modern Society: Marx, Durkheim, Weber.
  • Diamond, Jared.  Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
  • Paine, ThomasCommon Sense1776.
  • Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels.  The Communist Manifesto.
  • Harvey, David.  A Companion to Marx’s Capital.
  • Goldwater, Barry MorrisThe Conscience of a Conservative.  [N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Wolff, Richard D. and Stephen A. Resnick.  Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian.  2012.  MIT Press (7 SEP 2012)  ISBN-10: 0262517833  ISBN-13: 978-0262517836
  • Sennet, Richard.  The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1st Edition).  W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (17 JAN 2000)
  • Said, Edward.  Culture and Imperialism.


  • Webb, GaryDark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion1998[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Mayer, JaneDark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. 2016. Doubleday (19 JAN 2016)  ISBN-10: 0385535597  ISBN-13: 978-0385535595
  • Mayer, Jane.  The Dark Side:  How the War on Terror Turned Into A War On American Ideals.
  • Hedges, Chris.  The Death of the Liberal Class.
  • Graeber, DavidDebt: The First 5,000 Years2011.
  • Keen, SteveDebunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? (Revised and Expanded Edition).  2001 (First Edition).  2011 (Second Edition).  Zed Books (2nd Edition, 1 SEP 2011)   ISBN-10: 1848139926  ISBN-13: 978-1848139923
  • Lofgren, MikeThe Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. 2016.  Viking (5 JAN 2016)  ISBN-10: 0525428348  ISBN-13: 978-0525428343
  • Wolff, Richard DDemocracy At Work: A Cure for Capitalism.
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de (full name:  Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville).  Democracy in America.
  • Talbot, DavidThe Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.  2015.  Harper (13 OCT 2015)   ISBN-10: 0062276166  ISBN-13: 978-0062276162  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Stowe, Harriet BeecherDred: A Tale of the Dismal Swamp.  1856.


  • Wolff, Richard DEconomics: Marxian Versus Neoclassical .
  • Murray, Michael J.  Employment Guarantee Schemes: Job Creation and Guarantee Policy in Developing Countries and Emerging Markets.  2013.  (17 MAY 2013[Key MMT text.]
  • Minsky, HymanEnding Poverty: Jobs, Not Welfare.  (2013)  [Key MMT text.]
  • Wright, Erik Olin.  Envisioning Real Utopias.
  • Ali, Tariq.  The Extreme Centre:  A Warning.


  • Hayek, Friedrich August vonThe Fatal Conceit:  The Errors of Socialism[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Featherstone, Liza.  False Choices:  The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton[reading pending]
  • Hamilton, AlexanderThe Federalist Papers[reading pending]
  • Grandin, Greg.  Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City[reading pending; see Letters and Politics interview]
  • Davis, Angela Y.  Freedom Is A Constant Struggle:  Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of A Movement.


  • Keynes, John MaynardThe General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Engels, FriedrichThe German revolutions: The Peasant War in Germany, and Germany: revolution and counter-revolution (Classic European historians)1967 (textbook binding).
  • Lazzarato, Maurizio.  Governing by Debt (Semiotext(e) / Intervention series).  Semiotext(e) (23 JAN 2015)  [reading pending]
  • Brzezinski, ZbigniewThe Grand Chessboard.  1997.  [reading pending]
  • Polanyi, Karl Paul The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time1944[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Pollin, Robert.  Greening the Global Economy.
  • Taibbi, Matt.  Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.   2011. Spiegel & Grau; 8.7.2011 edition edition (6 SEP 2011)  ISBN-10: 0385529961  ISBN-13: 978-0385529969
  • Marx, KarlGrundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy.



  • Dunbar-Ortiz, RoxanneAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Krakauer, JonInto the Wild.  1996.
  • Srnicek, Nick.  Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work[reading pending]


  • Murray, Michael J. and Mathew Forstater.  The Job Guarantee: Toward True Full Employment.  2013.  Palgrave Macmillan (7 JAN 2013)  ISBN-10: 1137286105  ISBN-13: 978-1137286109  [Key MMT text.]


  • Wapshott, Nicholas.  Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics[reading pending; see Letters and Politics interview]
  • Skidelsky, Robert.  Keynes: The Return of the Master[Key Post-Keynesian text.]
  • Hudson, MichaelKilling the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy.  2015.  ISLET (20 AUG 2015)   ISBN-10: 3981484282  ISBN-13: 978-3981484281


  • Bastiat, FrédéricThe Law[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Hobbes, ThomasLeviathan (full titleLeviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil).  [N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/quasi-right-wing perspective.]
  • Loewen, JamesLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.  1995 (First Edition).  2007 (Revised Edition).  Touchstone; Revised edition (16 OCT 2007).  ISBN-10: 0743296281  ISBN-13: 978-0743296281  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Frank, ThomasListen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?  2016.  Metropolitan Books (15 MAR 2016)  ISBN-10: 1627795391  ISBN-13: 978-1627795395
  • Leopold, Les.  The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do about It.  2009.  Chelsea Green Publishing (2 JUN 2009)  ISBN-10: 1603582053  ISBN-13: 978-1603582056


  • Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. HermanManufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media1988.  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Hudis, Peter.  Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Historical Materialism Book series).
  • Wilford, Hugh.  The Mighty Wurlitzer:  How the CIA Played America[reading pending]
  • Mitchell, W.F., L. Randall Wray, Martin J. Watts.  Modern Monetary Theory and Practice: An Introductory Text.  2016.  Create Space Independent Publishing Platform (10 MAR 2016)   ISBN-10: 1530338794  ISBN-13: 978-1530338795  [Key MMT text.]
  • Wray, L. RandallModern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems.  2012.  Palgrave Macmillan (7 AUG 2012)  ISBN-10: 0230368891  ISBN-13: 978-0230368897  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]  [Key MMT text.]
  • Godley, Wynne and Marc Lavoie.  Monetary Economics: An Integrated Approach to Credit, Money, Income, Production and Wealth (Second Edition)[Key MMT text.]
  • Friedman, Milton.  A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]



  • Wolff, Richard DOccupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism.
  • Marcuse, Herbert.  One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society.
  • Mill, John StuartOn Liberty[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/quasi-right-wing perspective.]
  • Ricardo, DavidOn the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation1817.
  • Montesquieu, Charles Baron de.  On the Spirit of Laws1748.
  • Galeano, Eduardo (Foreword by Isabel Allende).  The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of A Continent.
  • Stewart, Kathleen.  Ordinary Affects.  2007.  Duke University Press Books (20 SEP 2007)  [reading pending]
  • Said, Edward.  Orientalism.  1979.  Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (12 OCT 1979)


  • McChesney, Robert and John Nichols.  People Get Ready:  The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and A Citizenless Democracy.
  • Zinn, HowardA People’s History of the United States1980[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Roy, Arundati.  Public Power in the Age of Empire.
  • Morris, Monique WPushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools2016.
  • Standng, Guy.  The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.
  • Stiglitz. JosephThe Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. 2012.
  • Machiavelli, NiccolòThe Prince1532.
  • Weeks, Kathi.  The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries.  2011.  Duke University Press Books (9 SEP 2011)
  • Chomsky, NoamProfit Over People: Neoliberalism and the Global Order.


  • Johnstone, DianaThe Queen of Chaos:  The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton.  2015.  [reading pending]
  • Said, Edward.  The Question of Palestine.


  • Brick, Howard.  Radicals In America:  The U.S. Left Since the Second World War (Cambridge Essential Histories series).
  • Perelman, MichaelRailroading Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology.  2006.
  • Gordon, Liahna E.  Real Research:  Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use[reading pending]
  • PlatoThe Republic.
  • Paul, Ronald Ernest “Ron”The Revolution: A Manifesto[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Engels, FriedrichRevolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany1896 (1st book form edition).
  • Federici, Silvia.  Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle[reading pending]
  • INCITE! Women of Color Against Racism (editor).  The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex2009.  South End Press (1 MAR 2009, unknown edition).  ISBN-10: 0896087662  ISBN-13: 978-0896087668
  • Paine, ThomasRights of Man.
  • Gordon, Robert J.  The Rise and Fall of American Growth:  The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World series)[reading pending]
  • Hayek, Friedrich August vonThe Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents (The Definitive Edition)[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Alinsky, Saul DavidRules for Radicals:  A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals1971.
  • Leopold, Les.  Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice.  The Labor Institute Press (28 OCT 2015)   ISBN-10: 0692436308  ISBN-13: 978-0692436301


  • Kozol, JonathanSavage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools.  1991.  [required reading, i.e., you must read this]
  • Locke, JohnThe Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration.
  • Talbot, DavidThe Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love.  2012.  The Free Press; reprint edition (8 MAY 2012)
  • Klein, NaomiThe Shock Doctrine:  The Rise of Disaster Capitalism2007.
  • Kolbert, ElizabethThe Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History2014[reading pending]
  • Mosler, WarrenSoft Currency Economics II[MMT text.]
  • Lebowitz, Michael.  The Socialist Imperative:  From Gotha to Now.
  • Hancock, Ange-Marie.  Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics.
  • Ness, Immanuel.  Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class.  (15 NOV 2015)
  • Pickett, KateThe Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better2009[reading pending; see Against the Grain interview]
  • Minsky, Hyman PhilipStabilizing an Unstable Economy[Key MMT text.]
  • Hudson, MichaelSuper Imperialism: The Origins and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance.


  • Brown, ElaineA Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story1993.  Anchor Books (1 DEC 1993).   ISBN-10:  0385471076  ISBN-13:  978-0385471077
  • Wray, L. RandallTheories of Money and Banking (International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series).  .  [Key MMT text.]
  • Veblen, ThorsteinThe Theory of the Leisure Class[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
  • Smith, AdamThe Theory of Moral Sentiments[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]  [Key history of economic theory text.]
  • Kahneman, DanielThinking, Fast and Slow2011[reading pending]
  • Friedman, Milton and Rose Friedman.  The Tyranny of the Status Quo[N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Scheer, RobertThey Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.  2015.  Nation Books (2015).


  • Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s Cabin.  1852.
  • Foley, Duncan K.  Understanding Capital: Marx’s Economic Theory.
  • Bennis, Phyllis.  Understanding ISIS and the New Global War On Terror:  A Primer.
  • Wray, L. RandallUnderstanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.] [Key MMT text.]


  • Rand, AynThe Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism1964[N.B.:  This is, obviously, a neoclassical/right-wing perspective with surprisingly flimsy philosophical arguments given its hyperbolic influence on the Right.]


  • Hedges, Chris.  Wages of Rebellion:  The Moral Imperative of Revolt.
  • Schoup, Laurence H.  Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council On Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014.  2015.  Monthly Review Press (22 AUG 2015)   ISBN-10: 1583675515  ISBN-13: 978-1583675519
  • Halper, Jeff.  War Against the People:  Israel, Palestinians and Global Pacification.
  • Scott, Peter Dale.  The War Conspiracy:  JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War.  2013.  Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (3 SEP 2013)   ISBN-10: 1626360952  ISBN-13: 978-1626360952
  • Smith, AdamThe Wealth of Nations (full titleAn Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations).  1776.  [This book deserves to be required reading in schools.]
    [Key history of economic theory text.]
  • Wray, L. RandallWhy Minsky Matters[Key MMT text.]
  • Friedman, MiltonWhy the Government is the Problem (Essays in Public Policy series).  1993.  Hoover Institution Press (1 FEB 1993)  ISBN-10: 0817954422  ISBN-13: 978-0817954420  [N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Lordon, Frederic.  Willing Slaves to Capital:  Spinoza and Marx on Desire.
  • Kissinger, HenryWorld Order.  [N.B.:  This is a neoclassical/right-wing perspective.]
  • Heilbroner, Robert LThe Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers[This book deserves to be required reading in schools.] [Key history of economic theory text.]
  • Fanon, Frantz.  The Wretched of the Earth.


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