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The current Coffee Party Book Club selection is:
by Robert B. Reich
In this eBook exclusive, Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation’s increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy.
Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture. Reich connects the dots for us, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, while undermining our democracy; has caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and has turned many Americans against one another. He also explains why the proposals of the “regressive right” are dead wrong and provides a clear road map for what must be done instead. Here is a blueprint for action for everyone who cares about the future of America.
Previous Book Club Event:
One Way Forward by Lawrence Lessig
Larry Lessig, an esteemed professor of Harvard, is a great citizen activist, educator, presenter, writer and truth teller of our time. He speaks to the root of our paralyzed government, to crony capitalism, and the fight to break its control over our government. In One Way Forward ($1.99, Byliner) he speaks of the new tools at our disposal, of the “read/write” ability we have regained with the Internet.
One Way Forward, is a continuation or update to our last featured selection, Republic: Lost. This tiny book speaks to the political movement in which we, the Coffee Party USA, is working. Professor Lessig asserts that we currently have the “insiders” or the funders and those inside the D.C. beltway. Then there are the “outsiders” or the rest of us. The insiders (them) believe that the outsiders (us) are powerless and need not be consulted. Professor Lessig asserts that the Internet is the tool that will change this perception. In fact, he says, it already is. Recently we stopped SOPA and the “legal” congressional insider-trading that had been going on for years. We can use the new read/write technologies to correct the crony capitalism that we are today stuck with. — Linda Cook, Coffee Party Book Club chairperson
See Lessig's speech at the Occupy DC camp at McPherson Square, 10-18-11.
See our discussion of the book on Facebook.
Updated for paperback publication, Aftershock is a brilliant reading of the causes of our current economic crisis, with a plan for dealing with its challenging aftermath.
Our real problem, he argues, lies in the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the richest Americans, while stagnant wages and rising costs have forced the middle class to go deep into debt. Reich’s thoughtful and detailed account of where we are headed over the next decades—and how we can fix our economic system—is a practical, humane, and much-needed blueprint for restoring America’s economy and rebuilding our society.