Reading List — Libertarian Left

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
J.K.Galbraith

James Meek

Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else

James Meek
A devastating account of the privatisation dogma of the past 25 years … As demolition jobs go, this can hardly be bettered — John Kampfner, Observer
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Owen Jones

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

Owen Jones
A forensic critique of the political, economic and social forces that have benefitted the few at the expense of the many.
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Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty
A sweeping meditation on the massive inequality in contemporary capitalism, and widespread indifference to its implications
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Howard Zinn

A Peoples' History of the United States

Howard Zinn
History told from the perspective of the common people — and the difference makes riveting reading
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Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein
A convincing case for the overhauling of the global economic system as the only means of combatting climate change
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Dan Wakefield

The hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate

Dan Wakefield
Reclaiming the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount
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Noam Chomsky

On Western Terrorism: from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare

Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek
The world-renowned dissenting intellectual discusses western power and propaganda
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Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges of US Empire

Noam Chomsky
A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times
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Edward Said

Orientalism

Edward Said
Classic examination of the way that the West observes the Arabs
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Culture and Imperialism

Edward Said
Landmark work on the largely overlooked connection between western imperial endeavour and the culture that reinforces it
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Representations of the Intellectual: The 1993 Reith Lectures

Edward Said
A sweeping series of essays exploring the intellectual’s age-old responsibility to remain a dissenter
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Chris Hedges

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

Chris Hedges
Powerful latest work from the Pulitzer Prizewinner
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Glenn Greenwald

With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Justice and Protect the Powerful

Glenn Greenwald
Scathing critique from the journalist who revealed the NSA spying programmes
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Jeremy Scahill

Dirty Wars: The World Is a battlefield

Jeremy Scahill
Exposé of America's new system of covert warfare
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Thomas Frank

Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

Thomas Frank
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Colin Crouch

The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism

Colin Crouch
The transcendence of political power by corporate power
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Morris Berman

A Question of Values

Morris Berman
Essays by the prominent cultural historian and social critic
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Tariq Ali

The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad

Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali's penetrating analysis of this presidency from a New Left perspective.
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Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St Clair and Joshua Frank (editors)

Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion

Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St Clair and Joshua Frank (editors)
Those who feel that like lemmings they are being led over a cliff would be well-advised not to read this book. They may discover that they are right. — Noam Chomsky
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Raj Patel

The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy

Raj Patel
Debunking the classic arguments for laissez-faire capitalism
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Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

The Spirit Level

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
Well researched and widely-acclaimed book that argues that inequality is at the roots of many of society's ills
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Gary Weiss

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

Gary Weiss
Critical analysis of an American cultural phenomenon
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Frank Donoghue

The Last Professors

Frank Donoghue
On the corporatisation of universities and the consequent neglect of the humanities
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Susan Jacoby

The Age of American Unreason

Susan Jacoby
Holds that American culture has dumbed down, resulting in a growing contempt for reason and reality
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