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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edward Said

Culture and Imperialism

Edward Said

Landmark work on the largely overlooked connection between western imperial endeavour and the culture that reinforces it

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

Chris Hedges

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

Chris Hedges

Powerful latest work from the Pulitzer Prizewinner

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

Jeremy Scahill

Thomas Frank

Colin Crouch

Morris Berman

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.

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

Raj Patel

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

Raj Patel

Debunking the classic arguments for laissez-faire capitalism

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

Gary Weiss

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

Gary Weiss

Critical analysis of an American cultural phenomenon

Frank Donoghue

The Last Professors

Frank Donoghue

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

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