We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne

Kindle location 35: From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries nearly 13 million Africans were brutally snatched from their homelands, enslaved, and forced to toil for the greater good of European and Euro-American powers, London not least. Roughly two to four million Native Americans also were enslaved and traded by European settlers in the Americas, English and Scots not least. …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, by Gleb Raygorodetsky

Loc: 74 Indigenous or traditional knowledge is the wisdom and know-how accumulated from the past to the present, which guide a wide array of human societies in their interaction with their environment. Loc: 79. Their worldviews, values, cultures, and spirituality are intricately linked with the ways they relate to the environment, and with their past, present, and future, the living …

Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi

Kindle Location (Loc) 272: Chapters 1 and 2 ended up focusing largely on Nancy Fraser’s “expanded” view of capitalism as “an institutionalized social order” that harbors multiple crisis tendencies. Loc: 312. Not since the interwar period have people in Western societies felt themselves so exposed to the instability and unpredictability of our economic and social order – a sense of …

Higlights from “Let’s Talk About Race”

Location: 74.  It was the clerks who would follow me around stores and the jobs that were hiring until I walked in the door and then they were not. And it was the bosses who told me that I was too “loud,” the complaints that my hair was too “ethnic” for the office, and why, even though I was a …

Initial highlights from Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi

Kindle Location (Loc) 272: Chapters 1 and 2 ended up focusing largely on Nancy Fraser’s “expanded” view of capitalism as “an institutionalized social order” that harbors multiple crisis tendencies. Loc: 312. Not since the interwar period have people in Western societies felt themselves so exposed to the instability and unpredictability of our economic and social order – a sense of …

Book highlights: Weather from the Ground Up: Biodiversity Helps Shape Local Climate. And Dirt to Soil: Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture, by Gabe Brown (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018) from Loretto Earth Network News, May 2019 Picture this exchange. I’m at a Motherhouse Farm and Land Management Committee meeting when I mention that I was so excited about reading Dirt to Soil that I read it straight through while I was on vacation in Florida.  After a brief pause, one …

Barry Lopez: “We’re in emergency times. We’ve created a suicidal society in order that some can buy a 70 ft yacht”

By Edward Helmore, The Guardian, Books We must learn from the wisdom of traditional societies, says the writer whose new book Horizon describes his life through his experience of six geographical regions Tue 7 May 2019   Barry Lopez: ‘We’re living in emergency times and our effort to ensure democratic forms of government are not there.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images While Extinction …