Enlightening Quotes by Enlightened People

"All for ourselves and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind." -- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776), Part 3, Chapter 4.


"I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under the European governments. Among the former, public opinion is in the place of law, & restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did anywhere. Among the latter, under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves & sheep. I do not exaggerate. This is a true picture of Europe. Cherish therefore the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. ... If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you & I, & Congress & Assemblies, judges & governors shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions; and experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor. " -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Edward Carrington - January 16, 1787


"[I]mperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism" -- Vladimir Lenin, Imperialism (1920/1999), p. 91


"[T]rade union action is class struggle. There is a class antagonism in capitalism -- capitalists and workers have opposing interests. Not only on the question of conservation of capitalism, but also within capitalism itself, with regard to the division of the total product.

... [C]onflicts of interests between the national capitalisms explode into wars. World war is the crowning of the policy of imperialism. For the workers, war is not only the destruction of all their feelings of international brotherhood, it also means the most violent exploitation of their class for capitalist profit. The working class, as the most numerous and the most oppressed class of society, has to bear all the horrors of war. The workers have to give not only their labour power, but also their health and their lives. ....

... [T]he narrow field of trade union struggle widens into the broad field of class struggle. ... the workers themselves must change. They have to take a wider view of the world. From their trade, from their work within the factory walls, their mind must widen to encompass society as a whole. Their spirit must rise above the petty things around them. They have to face the state; they enter the realm of politics." -- Anton Pannekoek, "Trade Unionism" (1936)


"The big transnationals want to reduce freedom by undermining the democratic functioning of the states in which they're based, while at the same time ensuring the government will be powerful enough to protect and support them." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 17.


"[C]orporations are fundamentally illegitimate, ... they don't have to exist at all in their modern form. Just as other oppressive institutions - slavery, say, or royalty - have been changed or eliminated, so corporate power can be changed or eliminated. What are the limits? There aren't any." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 64.


"Neoliberalism is the doctrine of uncontrolled markets:" -- Paul Mason, Postcapitalism (2015)


"Neoliberalism is mainly about transferring public assets into private hands." -- James K. Galbraith, interview (2016)


"[A] neoliberal state. The freedoms it embodies reflect the interests of private property owners, businesses, multinational corporations and financial capital." -- David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005), p. 7.


There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” -- Warren Buffett, article (2006)


"The goal is a society in which the basic social unit is you and your television set. ... Boards of directors are allowed to work together, so are banks and investors and corporations in alliances with one another and with powerful states. That's just fine. It's just the poor who aren't supposed to cooperate." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 29.


"There's a very committed effort to convert the US into something resembling a Third World society, where a few people have enormous wealth and a lot of others have no security ... ." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 35.


"Now that ... workers are superfluous, what do you do with them? First of all, you have to make sure they don't notice that society is unfair and try to change that, and the best way to distract them is to get them to hate and fear one another." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 35.


"[R]ights are the result of popular engagement and struggle." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 153.


"You liberate yourself through participation with others ... Popular organizations and umbrella groups help create a basis for this." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998), p. 154.


"The idea that parties are guided by policy decisions made by voters also seems to be a myth; in reality, the parties make the policies and we fall into line. To minimise cognitive dissonance – the gulf between what we perceive and what we believe – we either adjust our views to those of our favoured party or avoid discovering what the party really stands for. This is how people end up voting against their interests.


Even the less ambitious notion of democracy – that it’s a means by which people punish or reward governments – turns out to be divorced from reality. We remember only the past few months of a government’s performance (a bias known as 'duration neglect') and are hopeless at correctly attributing blame." -- George Monbiot, "Lies, fearmongering and fables: that's our democracy", The Guardian, Oct. 4, 2016.


"It's Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses", Foreign Policy, June 28, 2016






"...der neoliberalen Wahnidee. Diese behauptet, wirtschaftliches Tun gehorche Naturgesetzen. Der Neoliberalismus ist, wie Pierre Bourdieu gesagt hat, wie die Aids-Krankheit. Sie zerstört erst die Immunkräfte des Opfers und dann tötet sie das Opfer. Die neoliberale Herrschaftsidee induziert beim Menschen ein Gefühl der Ohnmacht. Die Menschen glauben, dass sie nichts tun können. Man kann gegen die Marktkräfte ja doch nichts tun. Das führt zur einer Selbstlähmung, zu einer Selbstentmündigung. Zur freiwilligen Abgabe seiner Autonomie. Der Mensch ist sich selbst fremd geworden, wie Adorno sagt. Das muss durchbrochen werden." -- Jean Ziegler, in "Che Guevara hat mir das Leben gerettet" (2015).


"Die Eliten sind gar nicht das Problem, die Bevölkerungen sind im Moment das Problem" -- Joachim Gauck, ehem. Deutscher Bundespräsident, 19. Juli 2016


"Der Melierdialog legt beispielhaft die Grundmuster von Realpolitik offen: dass nämlich für Hegemonialmächte nur das Recht des Stärkeren gelten könne und somit moralische und rechtliche Fragen irrelevant sind." -- Rainer Mausfeld, in "Die Angst der Machteliten vor dem Volk: Demokratie-Management durch Soft Power-Techniken", 2. November 2016.


Soft Power ist das gesamte Spektrum von Techniken, die öffentliche Meinung zu manipulieren. Vermittlungsinstanzen für diese Formen der Machtausübung sind – unterstützt durch Stiftungen, Think Tanks, Elitenetzwerke und Lobbygruppen - insbesondere private und öffentliche Medien, Schulen und der gesamte Erziehungs- und Ausbildungssektor sowie die Kulturindustrie. Die Wirkungen von Soft Power-Techniken sind für die Bevölkerung weitgehend unsichtbar; es ist also kaum mit Protesten gegen diese Formen der Indoktrination zu rechnen. -- Rainer Mausfeld, in "Die Angst der Machteliten vor dem Volk: Demokratie-Management durch Soft Power-Techniken", 2. November 2016.


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The following contains a representative list of NGOs and social movements (activist groups, advocacy groups, information sites, monitors, observatories, watchdogs, etc.) for the 'core' and overlapping global civil society civic engagement sections of 

(1) rights and liberties (class struggle/war, democracy, delegative/liquid democracy, economic democracy, ecosocialism, human rights, women's (human) rights/gender equality, children's (human) rights, labor/workers' rights, peasant's rights, right to food, anti-racism, civil liberties, freedom of information, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, participation, social justice, trade unionism) and the two intimately intertwined but to be distinguished sub-clusters of

(2) state control and (3) private sector control (anti-biopiracy, anti-capitalism and post-capitalism, anti-corruption, anti dark money, anti-imperialism, anti-lobbying, anti-neoliberalism, anti-oligarchism, consumer protection, repressive & ideological state apparatus, social reproduction, transparency).


While we do not wish to further the left-right split since we think that the main issue here is and ought to be the class struggle or war of the 1% versus the 99%, we nevertheless provide a lot of links to organisations or people that are often identified as left-wing. Those selections, however, do not result from blindly adhering to some left-wing dogmas. Instead, these choices result from our belief in social or political enlightenment and progress and from the simple fact that it is not exclusively but mostly certain parts of the left which are able to deliver just that. Centrists and right-wingers, on the other hand, are often agents for maintaining the status quo as well as agents for especially 'neoliberal' counter-enlightenment and regress. This runs counter to our goals and the best of interests of the 99%. Thus our generally leftist inclinations which are in the end neither 'left' nor 'right' but simply pro-99% and potentially even pro-100% ways of going about things.


We also included global civil society related organs and offices or departments of the United Nations since we generally appreciate their work, since we feel that the public should be more aware of what is happening there, but also so that you can see the differences between bureaucratic top down and unbureaucratic bottow up organisations.


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Attac; for a directory of national branches other than in Europe, see Attac in Africa, Attac in the Americas or Attac in Asia

Avaaz "The World in Action"

Building Global Democracy

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

Clarity of Signal "Exposing Geopolitical Madness"

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Democracy International

Democracy Earth

Evolution Institute

FIAN International "for the right to adequate food"

Films for Action

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Global Justice in the 21st Century "commentary on global issues" by Richard A. Falk

International Futures Forum -> Second Enlightenment

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (facebook) (books)

International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) "All over the world to change it"

La Via Campesina "the international peasant's voice"

Reporters Without Borders

Right to Food by Jean Ziegler

System Change, Not Climate Change "an ecosocialist coalition"

The Equality Trust "Because more equal societies work better for everyone" (-> resources)

The Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP)

Transition Network.org "A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world"

Transnational Institute

Transparency International "the global coalition against corruption" (-> glossary) (facebook)

Worker Rights Consortium

World Federation of Trade Unions

World Justice Project "Advancing the rule of law worldwide" -> WJP Rule of Law Index

World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" (facebook)

World Socialist Web Site (facebook)

Zonta International "Empowering Women Through Service & Advocacy"

United Nations


Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) "Europe's campaign for lobbying transparency"

Attac in Europe

Confederation for Cooperation of Relief and Development (CONCORD)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) "Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU" (facebook)

Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25); national and local groups / DSCs

European Alternatives

European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

European Trade Union Institute (etui)

openPetition "Platform for citizen's initiatives, petitions, campaigns"

Social Europe

Social Platform (facebook)

solidar "Advancing Social Justice In Europe and Worldwide" (member organisations)

statewatch "monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe"

Transform! Europe

Young European Socialists

Latin America

Task Force on the Americas "in solidarity with the social justice movements of Latin America and the Carribean"

Deutscher Sprachraum

Campact "Bewegt Politik"

Club of Vienna

Die Zweite Aufklärung "Medien - Kritik - Ethik"

European Association for the Promotion of Sustainable Development ESD

Heinrich Böll Stiftung "Die grüne politische Stiftung" -> Demokratie

Lobbypedia "Geld Macht Politik"

Wissensmanufaktur "Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik"

National and Local



Attac AT (facebook)

Aufbruch "so wie bisher kann es nicht weitergehen" (facebook)

BEIGEWUM "Beirat für gesellschafts-, wirtschafts- und umweltpolitische Alternativen"

Cobin Claims "Plattform für Sammelaktionen bei Massenschäden"


Idealism Prevails "Make the world a better place"

Initiative Zivilgesellschaft

Katholische Aktion Österreichs (KAOE)

Katholische Sozialakademie Österreichs (KSOE)

Momentum Kongress (Momentum Quarterly "Zeitschrift für sozialen Fortschritt")

Mosaik "Politik neu zusammensetzen"

openPetition AT "Plattform für Bürgerinitiativen, Petitionen, Kampagnen"

Ökosoziales Studierendenforum "Für eine global gerechte Gesellschaft, die sich in Einklang mit der Umwelt entwickelt"

Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB)

Pioneers of Change Austria (PoC) "Wir stärken Pionier*innen des Wandels

Reporter ohne Grenzen AT "für Informationsfreiheit"

Sapere Aude "denken und bewegen"

Sozialistische Jugend Österreich

System Change, Not Climate Change AT (SCNCC)

Transition Network.org AT

Transparency International AT

Verein für Konsumenteninformation (VKI)




Attac DE (facebook)

Cleanstate "Für Recht und Gerechtigkeit in Politik, Staat und Wirtschaft"

Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)


Die offene Gesellschaft

Futurzwei "Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit"

Gegenblende "das DGB Debattenportal"

Hans Böckler Stiftung "Mitbestimmung - Forschung - Stipendien"


LabourNet Germany

LEAP Deutschland

Mehr Demokratie

Reporter ohne Grenzen DE "für Informationsfreiheit"

verteilungsfrage.org "Zur Politik und Ökonomie der Ungleichheit"




Gisha "Legal Center for Freedom of Movement"



United Kingdom

Civil Society Forum


Global Justice Now (UK partner of Attac)


Medact "Health professionals for a safer, fairer & better world"

Momentum "A new kind of politics" (article in Guardian)

Spinwatch "Public Interest Investigations"

Transparency International UK "fighting corruption worldwide"

Thriving Places Index

Unlock Democracy


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

AFLCIO "America's Unions"

Black Lives Matter

Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

Center for Public Integrity

CREDO Action "Winning together for progressive change"

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) "Are you fully informed about jury nullification?"

Government Accountability Project (GAP) "Truth be told"

Judicial Watch "Because no one is above the law!"

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Love-In-Action Network

Occupy Wall Street "We are the 99 percent"

Open Democracy "an equal voice for all"

Open Secrects "Center for Responsive Politics"

Public Citizen "Protecting Health, Safety and Democracy"

Represent.us "A Movement for the People"

Revolt Against Plutocracy (facebook)

The Venus Project by Jacque Fresco


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Books and Articles


Achen, Christopher H. Bartels, Larry M., 2016, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, Princeton University Press.


ACLU, 2013, Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority.


Alter-EU, 2018, Corporate Capture in Europe: When Big Business Dominates Policy Making and Captures Our Rights.


Althusser, Louis, 1970/71, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses", Lenin and Philosophy and other Essays, 121–176.


Assange, Julian, with Appelbaum, Jacob, Müller-Maguhn, Andy & Zimmermann, Jérémie, 2012, Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, OR Books.

Assange, Julian, 2014, When Google Met Wikileaks, OR Books.


Balanya, Bela; Doherty, Ann; Hoedemann, Olivier; Ma'anit, Adam & Wesselius, Eric, 2003, Europe Inc.: Regional and Global Restructuring and the Rise of Corporate Power, second edition, Pluto Press.


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Blakeley, Ruth, publications

Blakeley, Ruth, 2009, State Terrorism and Neoliberalism: The North in the South (preview), London: Routledge.

Blakeley, Ruth & Raphael, Sam, 2016, "Understanding Western State Terrorism", in Richard Jackson (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, 2016, part III, ch. 15, 159--169.


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Chomsky, Noam, articles, audio & video

Chomsky, Noam, 1991, Deterring Democracy, London: Verso.

Chomsky, Noam, 1992, Chronicles of Dissent: Interviews with David Barsamian, Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press.

Chomsky, Noam, Barsamian, David, 1996, Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian (excerpt), Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press

Chomsky, Noam, 1997, Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality, Cape Town: University of Cape Town.

Chomsky, Noam, 1998/2002, The Common Good: Interviews with David Barsamian (excerpt, quotations), Berkeley, CA: Odonian Press.

Chomsky, Noam, 1999, Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order (preview), New York: Seven Stories Press.

Chomsky, Noam, 1999, The New Military Humanism: Lessons from Kosovo (preview), Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press.

Chomsky, Noam, 2000, Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs (preview, excerpts), Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Chomsky, Noam, 2002, "Who are the Global Terrorists?", in Ken Booth & Tim Dunne (eds.), Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order, Palgrave Macmillan.

Chomsky, Noam, 2003, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (excerpts), New York: Metropolitan Books.

Chomsky, Noam; Vltchek, Andre, 2013, On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare, Pluto Press.


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Falk, Richard A., (blog), 2014, Humanitarian Intervention and Legitimacy Wars: Seeking Peace and Justice in the 21st Century, Routledge.

Falk, Richard A., 2014, Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring, Zed Books.


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Fraser, Steve, 2005, Every Man A Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life, Harper.

Fraser, Steve, 2005, Wall Street: A Cultural History, Faber & Faber.

Fraser, Steve, 2008, Wall Street: America's Dream Palace, Yale University Press.

Fraser, Steve, 2015, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (review), Little, Brown & Company.


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Fresco, Jacque, 2015, The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War, The Venus Project.


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Galtung, Johan, 1990, "Cultural Violence," Journal of Peace Research, 27(3), 291–305.

Galtung, Johan, 2009, The Fall of the US Empire - And Then What? Successors, Regionalization or Globalization? US Fascism or US Blossoming?, TRANSCEND University Press. (video)


George, Alexander L., (ed.), 1991, Western State Terrorism, Cambridge: Polity Press/Blackwell.


Gilens, Martin; Page, Benjamin I., 2014, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens", Perspectives on Politics, 12(3), 564-581.


Goerner, Sally J., 2016, "Why Trump Phenomenon Signals an Oligarchy on the Brink of a Civilization-Threatening Collapse", Evonomics, April 29, 2017.


Graeber, David, (list of publications)

Graeber, David, 2009, Direct Action: An Ethnography, AK Press.

Graeber, David, 2013, The Democracy Movement: A History, A Crisis, A Movement, Allen Lane.

Graeber, David, 2015, The Utopia of Rules, Melville House.

Graeber, David, 2018, "Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one", Vox, May 8, 2018.


Greenwald, Glenn, 2014, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Metropolitan Books.


Greider, William, 1998, Fortress America: The American Military and the Consequences of Peace, Public Affairs.

Greider, William, 1997, One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Greider, William, 2003, The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy, New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.


Griffin, David R., 2004, The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9-11, Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R., 2004, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R.; Scott, Peter Dale (eds.), 2006, 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, Vol. 1, Olive Branch Press

Griffin, David R., 2007, Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (Revised & Updated Edition), Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R., 2009, The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False,
Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R., 2010, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory, Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R., 2011, 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed, Olive Branch Press.

Griffin, David R., 2017, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, Olive Branch Press/Interlink.


Harich, Jack (Thwink.org), 2011, Common Property Rights: A Process Driven Approach to Solving the Complete Sustainability Problem (videos), Lulu Press.

Harich, Jack, 2014, The Dueling Loops of the Political Powerplace: Why Progressives Are Stymied and How They Can Find Their Way Again (videos), Lulu Press.


Harvey, David, 2003, The New Imperialism, Oxford University Press.

Harvey, David, 2005, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford University Press.

Harvey, David, 2016, The Ways of the World, Oxford University Press.


Hedges, Chris, articles on truthdig and TheNation.

Hedges, Chris, 2002, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Public Affairs.

Hedges, Chris, 2003, What Every Person Should Know About War, Free Press.

Hedges, Chris, 2009, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Nation Books.

Hedges, Chris, 2010, The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, Nation Books.

Hedges, Chris, 2010, Death of the Liberal Class, Nation Books.

Hedges, Chris, 2015, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, Nation Books.

Hedges, Chris, 2017, "The Corruption of the Law," Truthdig, Aug. 20, 2017.


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Herman, Edward S. & Peterson, David, 2010, The Politics of Genocide, Monthly Review Press.


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Hirthler, Jason, 2015, The Sins of Empire: Unmasking American Imperialism, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


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Horkheimer, Max, 1972, Critical Theory: Selected Essays, New York: Seabury Press.


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Keane, John, 2004, Violence and Democracy, Cambridge University Press.

Keane, John, 2009, The Life and Death of Democracy, Simon & Schuster / W. W. Norton & Company.


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Klein, Naomi, articles, audio & video

Klein, Naomi, 1999, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, Knopf Canada and Picador.

Klein, Naomi, 2002, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, Vintage Canada and Picador.

Klein, Naomi, 2007, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Knopf Canada.

Klein, Naomi, 2014, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Simon & Schuster.


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Krishan, Kumar, Weintraub, Jeff (eds.), 1997, Public and Private in Thought and Practice, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


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Lifton, Robert J. & Mitchell, Greg, 1996, Hiroshima in America: A Half-Century of Denial, Harper Perennial.

Lifton, Robert J., 2003, Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation With the World, Nation Books.


Lofgren, Mike, 2014, "Anatomy of the Deep State", Moyers & Company, Feb. 21, 2014.

Lofgren, Mike, 2016, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of the Shadow Government, PenguinRandomHouse.


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Luxemburg, Rosa, (publications)

Luxemburg, Rosa, 1900, Reform or Revolution,

Luxemburg, Rosa, 1904, Social Democracy and Parliamentarism,

Luxemburg, Rosa, 1906, The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions,

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Mason, Paul, 2012, Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions, revised and updated edition, Verso.


Mayer, Jane, 2008, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, Anchor Books.

Mayer, Jane, 2016, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Doubleday.


McChesney, Robert W., 2013, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, The New Press.

McChesney, Robert W., 2014, Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy, Monthly Review Press.

McChesney, Robert W. & Nichols, John, 2016, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, Nation Books.


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McLaren, Peter, 2000, Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter; Farahmandpur, Ramin, 2005, Teaching against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism: A Critical Pedagogy, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter, 2006, Capitalists and Conquerors: A Critical Pedagogy against Empire, Rowman & Littlefield.

McLaren, Peter; Jaramillo, Natalia, 2007, Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire: Towards a New Humanism, Sense Publishers.

McLaren, Peter; Macrine, Sheila; Hill, Dave (eds.), 2010, Revolutionizing Pedagogy: Education for Social Justice Within and Beyond Global Neo-Liberalism, Palgrave.

McLaren, Peter, 2015, Pedagogy of Insurrection: From Resurrection to Revolution, Peter Lang.


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Monbiot, George, 2003, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order, Harper Perennial.

Monbiot, George, 2008, Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice, Atlantic Books.

Monbiot, George, 2016, How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature, Verso.

Monbiot, George, 2016, "Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems", The Guardian, April 15, 2016.

Monbiot, George, 2016, "Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy", The Guardian, Oct. 4, 2016.


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Documentaries & Video


Al Jazeera, 2016, The Lobby (parts 1 to 4).

Al Jazeera, 2017, The Lobby - USA (parts 1 to 4).


Atkinson, Craig, 2016, Do Not Resist.


Chatzistefanou, Aris (youtube) & Kitidi, Katerina, 2011, Debtocracy.

Chatzistefanou, Aris & Kitidi, Katerina, 2012, Catastroika.

Chatzistefanou, Aris, 2014, Fascism Inc.

Chatzistefanou, Aris, 2016, This is Not a Coup.


Gage, Richard, 2012, 9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out.


Hooper, David, 2014, The Anatomy of a Great Deception.


Meyer, Austin, 2017, The Patent Scam.


Pilger, John, 2000, Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq.

Pilger, John, 2001, The New Rulers Of The World.

Pilger, John, 2007, The War On Democracy.


Represent.us, 2015, Corruption is Legal in America.

Represent.us, 2016, How to Fix America's Corrupt Political System.


Rubio, Clara Lopez; Pancorbo, Juan, 2017, Hacking Justice.


Scahill, Jeremy; Greenwald, Glenn; Moore, Michael, 2016, All Governments Lie.


Smith, Charles Ewing, 2016, The Demolition of Truth - Psychologists Examine 9/11.


Peer-Reviewed Journals