The Political Compass ™ Reading List - Libertarian Left

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

    On Western Terrorism: from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare

    Noam Chomsky and Andre Vitchek
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Dirty Wars: The World Is a battlefield

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

     

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

    Thomas Frank

     

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    The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism

    Colin Crouch
    The transcendence of political power by corporate power

     

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    A Question of Values

    Morris Berman
    Essays by the prominent cultural historian and social critic

     

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

    Gary Weiss
    Critical analysis of an American cultural phenomenon

     

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    The Last Professors

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

     

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    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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