Doug Fine’s third book, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, is his most important volume to date. He traces the 2011 life of a single cannabis plant from cloning to harvest to ingestion by a medical marijuana user, who benefits enormously from the herb’s benign effects. Around this central story, he describes many aspects of what was at the time of writing, the biggest chink in the teetering walls of the U.S. drug war infrastructure: the cannabis industry in California’s Emerald Triangle. And he comments on the overall American war on cannabis use, cultivation, research and development. Packed within the book’s 324 pages is the most effective marshaling of logical arguments against the criminalization of this plant that may exist.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday December 8, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Gregory J. Dober Sunday December 1, 2013 1:59 pm|
E. Fuller Torrey’s insightful book, American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Health Treatment System, is confirmation to what many people suspect of the current mental illness system and policies: This system is broken and current disjointed polices will make it forever difficult to correct.
|By: Joel Berg Saturday November 30, 2013 1:59 pm|
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, important books about poverty and hunger were commonplace and were widely-discussed parts of popular culture. These books even helped change policy. Michael Harrington’s 1962 classic, The Other America: Poverty in the United States, was credited with helping prompt JFK and LBJ to enact their anti-poverty initiatives.
No longer. Even though nearly 50 million Americans now live below the meager federal poverty line – and 49 million live in “food insecure” homes that are unable to afford an adequate supply of food – our culture is so enthralled with wealth that popular and influential books on poverty about as rare today as Republican moderates. But The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, by Sasha Abramsky, aims to be an exception. Updating Harrington, Abramsky seeks to reignite a national debate over the poverty problem and also offers policy solutions to it. I hope he succeeds.
|By: John Cavanagh Sunday November 17, 2013 1:59 pm|
It is now well understood that Neoliberals are not advocates of a small or stunted night watchman state. They regularly demean the state to outsiders, but that does not imply they prefer a weak state. Rather, all their political efforts are devoted to recasting the strong state as one that conforms to their doctrinal imperatives.
|By: bmaz Saturday November 16, 2013 1:59 pm|
Damon Keith is a legend. The kind of judge other judges speak about with hushed reverence and admiration, and for good reason. I first learned of Judge Keith in law school in the early ’80s when studying what is commonly known as “The Keith Case“. It was, and is, one of the most important Fourth amendment cases in history, and undergirds all significant Fourth Amendment law on domestic targeting and electronic surveillance of persons within the United States.
|By: masaccio Friday November 15, 2013 4:52 pm|
Come join the discussion of Philip Mirowski’s book Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste on Sunday in our Book Salon. Here
|By: EdwardTeller Monday November 11, 2013 7:15 pm|
What may have turned out to be the most disturbing element introduced by Eric Alterman, was his bringing Max Blumenthal’s father, Sidney Blumenthal, into the argument. What seemed to some as an innocuous comment in Alterman’s first article, has turned into a sordid campaign by even more sordid people, to attack both the elder Blumenthal, and Hillary and Bill Clinton, and their foundation. The hits have devolved from Buzzfeed.com to Breitbart.com to white supremacist Robert Stacy McCain’s blog, as the threats have escalated.
|By: Alexa O'Brien Sunday November 10, 2013 1:59 pm|
The story of America, as told to us by the political establishment, is not unlike scripture that attempts to explain our circumstances in a manner that must be accepted as gospel. The truth is that America has been hijacked by powerful special corporate interests whose paths toward profit are lubricated by political accomplices complicit in a scheme that suppresses opportunity and freedom among the masses. Our state of denial has caused us to drift far from the nation we believe ourselves to be while holding tightly to an image of the nation we wish to be.
|By: Mike German Saturday November 9, 2013 2:59 pm|
Heidi Boghosian’s “Spying on Democracy” is the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone’s watching you?’ It’s chock full of stories about how innocent people’s lives were turned upside-down by public and private sector surveillance programs. But more importantly, it shows how this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.
|By: James R. Acker Sunday November 3, 2013 2:58 pm|
This book provides unparalleled insights into the workings of the Supreme Court and the often wildly unpredictable and clandestine underpinnings of rules of law that eventually emerge in far tidier terms in the justices’ written opinions. It is rich with revelations, intrigue, and scholarly perspective about the law and politics of capital punishment. A Wild Justice pays many handsome dividends in the reading.