Enlightening Quotes

"[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.


"Despair is a state we fall into when our imagination fails. ... Political failure is, at heart, a failure of imagination. Without a restauration story that can tell us where we need to go, nothing is going to change. But with such a restauration story, almost everything can change." - George Monbiot, 2019, TED talks, "The new political story that could change everything", starting at 6:50


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 

(3) 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...


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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Diverse Initiatives



United Nations


Deutscher Sprachraum

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

Wissensmanufaktur "Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik"

National and Local



Attac AT (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)

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

Mosaik "Politik neu zusammensetzen"

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

Sapere Aude "denken und bewegen"

System Change, Not Climate Change AT (SCNCC)

Transition Network.org AT

Verein für Konsumenteninformation (VKI)


Attac DE (facebook)

Die offene Gesellschaft

Futurzwei "Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit"

Hans Böckler Stiftung "Mitbestimmung - Forschung - Stipendien"


Gisha "Legal Center for Freedom of Movement"


United Kingdom

Civil Society Forum

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

Thriving Places Index



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Books and Articles


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.


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.


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


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.


Hedges, Chris, articles on truthdig and TheNation.

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.


Horkheimer, Max, 1937, "Traditional and Critical Theory", in:

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


Horvat, Srecko (articles at the Guardian), 2015, The Radicality of Love, Polity.


Jackson, Richard (ed.), 2016, Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, Routledge.


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



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




Pannekoek, Anton (aka 'John Harper'), publications download

Pannekoek, Anton, 1909/1912, Marxism and Darwinism, transl. Nick Weiser, Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company.

Pannekoek, Anton, 1936, "Trade Unionism", International Council Correspondence 2(2).

Pannekoek, Anton, 1938, Lenin as Philosopher: A Critical Examination of the Philosophical Basis of Leninism.


Parenti, Michael, 1995, Against Empire, City Light.

Parenti, Michael, 2002, The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond, City Light.

Parenti, Michael, 2012, The Face of Imperialism, Paradigm.


Patel, Raj, 2010, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Picador.


Pogge, Thomas, 2002/2008, World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd Edition, Polity.


Prouty, L. Fletcher, 1973, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, Skyhorse Publishing.


Richter, Angela, 2015, Supernerds: Conversations with Heros (trailer), Berlin: Alexander Verlag.


Roy, Arundhati; Cusack, John, 2016, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, Haymarket.


Sachs, Jeffrey D., 2017, "Lies and the lying lobbyists who tell them", Boston Globe, July 20, 2017.


Said, Edward & Barsamian, David, 2003, Culture and Resistance, Pluto Press.


Schwarz, Jon, 2015, "Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an 'Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery'", The Intercept, July 31, 2015.


Scholte, Jan Aart (ed.), 2011, Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance, Cambridge University Press.


Shiva, Vandana, 1991, The Violence of the Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics, Zed Books.

Shiva, Vandana & Mies, Maria, 1993/2014, Ecofeminism, Zed Books.

Shiva, Vandana, 1993, Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Zed Books.


Shiva, Vandana, 1999/2010/2016, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development, Women Unlimited/South End Press/North Atlantic Books.




Shiva, Vandana, 2005/2015, Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, South End Press/North Atlantic Books.

Shiva, Vandana, 2008/2015, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, South End Press/North Atlantic Books.

Shiva, Vandana, 2012/2013, Making Peace With The Earth, Women Unlimited/Pluto Press.



Shure, Frances T., 2013, "Why Do Good People Become Silent -- or Worse -- About 9/11?, Part 1: Preface and Introduction", Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Nov. 24, 2013.

Shure, Frances T., 2017, "Why Do Good People Become Silent -- or Worse -- About 9/11?, Part 21: The Role of the Media: Act I", Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Dec. 30, 2017.


Standing, Guy, 2016, "The 5 biggest lies of global capitalism"

Standing, Guy, 2016, The Corruption of Capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay, Biteback Publishing.


St. Clair, Jeffrey; Cockburn, Alexander, 2017, "Operation Paperclip: Nazi Science Heads West", Counterpunch, Dec. 8, 2017.


Stone, I. F., 1989, A Noncomformist History of Our Times, Little, Brown and Company.


Streeck, Wolfgang, 2011, "The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism", New Left Review 71, September-October 2011.

Streeck, Wolfgang, 2016, How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System, Verso Books.

Streeck, Wolfgang, 2017, "The Return of the Repressed", New Left Review 104, March-April 2017.

Streeck, Wolfgang, 2017, Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, 2nd Edition, Verso Books.


Sun, Rivera, 2016, "Meet the Millenial Vote", Counterpunch, Oct. 17, 2016.


Valentine, Douglas, 1990, The Phoenix Programme: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam, Open Road Distribution.

Valentine, Douglas, 2016, "How I Came To Understand the CIA", Counterpunch, Dec. 23, 2016.

Valentine, Douglas, 2016, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, Clarity Press.


Vltchek, Andre, (articles on CounterPunch), 2006, Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad, Mainstay Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2012, Indonesia, Archipelago of Fear, Pluto Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2013, Oceania: Neocoloniams, Nukes and Bones, Atuanui Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2014, Fighting Against Western Imperialism, PT Badak Merah Semesta.

Vltchek, Andre, 2015, Exposing Lies of the Empire, PT Badak Merah Semesta.


Zizek, Slavoj, 2009, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Verso.

Zizek, Slavoj & Horvat, Srecko, 2013, What Does Europe Want? The Union and Its Discontents, Istros Books.


Attac, Bücher, Basistexte, Positionspapiere.
Attac (Hg.), 2009, Wir bauen Europa neu: Wer baut mit?, Residenz Verlag.

Attac (Hg.), 2016, Konzernmacht Brechen: Von der Herrschaft des Kapitals zum Guten Leben für Alle, mandelbaum.


Bohrn Mena, Veronika, 2017, "Der Praktika-Schmäh: Arbeiten in der unbezahlten Dauerschleife", Kontrast Blog.


Geißler, Heiner, 2012, Sapere aude! Warum wir eine neue Aufklärung brauchen, Ullstein Verlag.


Griffin, David R., 2004,


Hofbauer, Hannes, 2008, Experiment Kosovo. Die Rückkehr des Kolonialismus, Wien: Promedia.

Hofbauer, Hannes, 2011, Verordnete Wahrheit, bestrafte Gesinnung. Rechtsprechung als politisches Instrument, Wien: Promedia.

Hofbauer, Hannes, 2014, Die Diktatur des Kapitals. Souveränitätsverlust im postdemokratischen Zeitalter, Wien: Promedia.


Huber, Joseph, 1980, Wer soll das alles ändern. Die Alternativen der Alternativbewegung, Berlin: Rotbuch.


Luxemburg, Rosa, (Veröffentlichungen)

Luxemburg, Rosa, 1899, Sozialreform oder Revolution?,

Luxemburg, Rosa, 1904, Sozialdemokratie und Parlamentarismus,


Lukács, György, 1923, Geschichte und Klassenbewusstsein. Studien über marxistische Dialektik, Berlin: Malik-Verlag.


Lüders, Michael, 2012, Iran: Der falsche Krieg. Wie der Westen seine Zukunft verspielt, C. H. Beck.

Lüders, Michael, 2015, Wer den Wind säht. Was westliche Politik im Osten anrichtet, C. H. Beck.

Lüders, Michael, 2017, Die den Sturm ernten. Wie der Westen Syrien ins Chaos stürzte, C. H. Beck.


Mausfeld, Rainer, 2015, "'Warum Schweigen die Lämmer?' Demokratie, Psychologie und Techniken des Meinungs- und Empörungsmanagements", Vortrag an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 22. Juni 2015.

Mausfeld, Rainer, 2016, "Die Angst der Machteliten vor dem Volk: Demokratie-Management durch Soft Power-Techniken", Vortrag IPPNW-Hamburg, 2. November 2016.


Müller, U., Giegold, Sven, Arhelger, M. (Hrsg.), 2004, Gesteuerte Demokratie? Wie neoliberale Eliten Politik und Öffentlichkeit beeinflussen, Hamburg: VSA-Verlag.


Reitter, Karl, 2014, Von der 68er Bewegung zum Pyrrhussieg des Neoliberalismus: Sozialphilosophische Aufsaetze zu 1968, Fordismus, Postfordismus und zum bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen, Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung.


Rügemer, Werner, 2004, Cross-Border-Leasing: Ein Lehrstück zur globalen Enteignung der Städte, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.

Rügemer, Werner, 2009, ArbeitsUnrecht. Anklage und Alternativen, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.

Rügemer, Werner & Wigand, Elmar, 2014, Union Busting in Deutschland. Die Bekämpfung von Betriebsräten und Gewerkschaften als professionelle Dienstleistung, Otto-Brenner-Stiftung Arbeitsheft 77, Frankfurt am Main.

Rügemer, Werner & Wigand, Elmar, 2014, Die Fertigmacher. Arbeitsunrecht und professionelle Gewerkschaftsbekämpfung, Köln: PapyRossa Verlag.

LobbyPlanet Berlin - Reiseführer durch den Lobbydschungel.

Rügemer, Werner, 2016, Bis diese Freiheit die Welt erleuchtet - Transatlantische Sittenbilder, Köln: PapyRossa Verlag.


Scheidler, Fabian, 2015, Das Ende der Megamaschine: Geschichte einer scheiternden Zivilisation, Wien: Promedia Verlag.


Sedlacek, Tomas, Graeber, David & Chlupaty, Roman, 2015, Revolution oder Evolution: Das Ende des Kapitalismus?, Hanser.


Streeck, Wolfgang, 2013, Gekaufte Zeit: Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus, Berlin: Suhrkamp. (Rezension)


Shiva, Vandana, 2014, Jenseits des Wachstums: Warum wir mit der Erde Frieden schließen müssen, Rotpunktverlag.


Vidal, Gore; Jay, Paul, 2014, Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Wohlmeyer, Heinrich (Zukunftsmanifest), 2006, Globales Schafe scheren: Gegen die Politik des Niedergangs, Edition Va Bene.

Wohlmeyer, Heinrich, 2012, Empörung in Europa: Wege aus der Krise, Ibera / European University Press.


Ziegler, Jean, 1992, Die Schweiz wäscht weißer. Die Finanzdrehscheibe des internationalen Verbrechens, München: Droemer Knaur.

Ziegler, Jean, 1999, Die Barbaren kommen. Kapitalismus und organisiertes Verbrechen, München: Goldmann.

Ziegler, Jean, 2003, Die neuen Herrscher der Welt und ihre globalen Widersacher, München: Bertelsmann.

Ziegler, Jean, 2005, Das Imperium der Schande. Der Kampf gegen Armut und Unterdrückung

Ziegler, Jean, 2009, Der Hass auf den Westen. Wie sich die armen Völker gegen den wirtschaftlichen Weltkrieg wehren, München: Bertelsmann.

Ziegler, Jean, 2011, Der Aufstand des Gewissens: Die nicht-gehaltene Festspielrede, Salzburg: Ecowin.

Ziegler, Jean, 2012, Die Lebenden und der Tod, komplett neuüberarbeitete Auflage des Buches von 1975, Salzburg: Ecowin.

Ziegler, Jean, 2013, Wir lassen sie verhungern: Die Massenvernichtung in der Dritten Welt, München: Bertelsmann.

Ziegler, Jean, 2015, Ändere die Welt! Warum wir die kannibalische Weltordnung stürzen müssen, München: Bertelsmann.

Ziegler, Jean, 2015, "Che Guevara hat mir das Leben gerettet", Interview in Kleine Zeitung, 29. März 2015.

Ziegler, Jean, 2017, Der schmale Grat der Hoffnung, München: Bertelsmann.

Documentaries & Video

Documentary Channels





Wadimoff, Nicolas, 2017, Jean Ziegler -- Der Optimismus des Willens.

Peer-Reviewed Journals