FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tom Wilber, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortune, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale

By: Saturday February 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Tom Wilber’s book reads like a novel but is reported in the true spirit of an explanatory, investigative journalist. While detail-obsessed and leaving few stones unturned on the policy side of the shale oil and gas debate, Wilber – in somewhat masterful fashion – takes readers inside the lives of the Marcellus Shale’s stakeholders: citizens, citizen-journalists, oil and gas corporate executives, and activists. There is never a dull moment in the book, as Wilber seamlessly weaves fact-laden reportage into novel-like story-telling. I read the book in three sittings, as it is tough to put down once one opens it up.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Danny Dorling, The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 1:59 pm

Modern democratic society requires basic equality. Our Founding Fathers understood this point when they drafted the Declaration of Independence with the radical statement, in its time: “All men are created equal.” Citizens must feel that they have a say in political decisions, that they are represented in some way. Citizens must also feel that they have an opportunity to “win” sometime in the future, even if their causes and candidates “lose” today. The opportunity to change government and policy based on citizen interests is central to democracy, and it requires a foundation in interpersonal equality.

Danny Dorling’s provocative book expands upon these insights. He argues that “human beings are happier and healthier the more equal they are.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gar Alperovitz, America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 1:59 pm

What is the future of progressive politics? What is the world that we are trying to build? In some ways these are the wrong questions. There’s so much in terms of low-hanging fruit that needs to be accomplished. From mass unemployment, to climate change, to immigration reform, to slowing the power of the military-industrial complex, to shepherding and building on complicated financial and health care packages, there’s no lack of things that need to get accomplished.

But, as Gar Alperovitz’s America Beyond Capitalism notes, the means of politics by which left-liberal reform happens is breaking down, and it can only be rebuilt by changing the long-horizon vision of what justice will look like on the left.

What Is to Be Done about the Oligarchy?

By: Sunday December 4, 2011 11:15 am

Consumers don’t change things. Citizens change things.

Americans to Congress: You Work for Us

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 8:05 am

Legislators are supposed to the “public servants.” They work for us; we pay their salaries. So why do so many of them think it’s the other way around. One citizen had a chance to explain that to Rep. Don Young (R. Alaska).

Firedoglake Book Salon Welcomes Glenn Greenwald, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 1:59 pm

The United States was founded on the principle that no individual is above the law. We are, as John Adams said, “a nation of laws, not men.” But that principle is under assault, as Glenn Greenwald explains in his powerful new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful.

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