Recent Z Books
Mindful Economics is an educational resource for people who are concerned about problems associated with the economy of the United States. It is also a resource for people who are interested in participating in positive social change. Lasting and meaningful change will require that people not only understand the economy of the U.S. and its problems, but also how to begin the process of building new healthy alternatives. Our hope is that Mindful Economics will make a contribution to these efforts.
In 2006, Oaxaca, Mexico came alive with a broad and diverse movement that captivated the nation and earned the admiration of communities organizing for social justice around the world. The show of international solidarity for the people of Oaxaca was the most extensive since the Zapatista uprising in 1994. Fueled by long ignored social contradictions, what began as a teachers' strike demanding more resources for education quickly turned into a massive movement that demanded direct, participatory democracy.
A new book by Mike Marqusee
May 19, 2009
Lessons in Solidarity; Gaza, Durban and London
A detailed examination of colonial attacks by the Canadian state on indigenous peoples through the forced regulation of identity, and the efforts by urban indigenous to survive and resist.
A ringing manifesto for change by Canada's Green Party leader and activist, Elizabeth May
Shapiro: Witness in Palestine
May 09, 2009
Composed of Anna's photographs and writings, Witness in Palestine documents her eight months working with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent resistance against the Occupation. Meet Munira, who has lost her freedom and land to the Wall that encages her home and family. Meet Hessa, whose village is separated from the nearest hospital by a checkpoint that is closed all night long. Meet Rafat, whose warm smile belies the war zone that his body attests to. Meet Omar, who has chosen the path of nonviolent resistance after six months imprisonment without charge and the losses of his best friend, cousin, and brother. Meet the people of Palestine and the Israeli and international volunteers supporting their nonviolent movement for freedom.
A useful but imperfect book on urban issues in Canada by a mainstream journalist with progressive leanings.
May 05, 2009
Pygmy - a young adult from a totalitarian state, disguised as an exchange student - plans a terrorist attack and depicts U.S. Midwestern life through the eyes of a hateful, indoctrinated little killer, in a satire of American xenophobia.
The final book written by radical scholar and Red Power movement veteran Howard Adams.
Johnson: Atlas Shrugged
Apr 21, 2009
In a world at a time when government legislation serves the sole purpose of relegating the power of America's greatest industrial minds into the hands of cowardly, shiftless, and bankrupt politicians and business leaders, there is need for refusal. If power thinks it can force our minds to produce their wealth, let our minds lay idle, until there is understanding that such power is only as useful as that which it steals. Invent, improve, and produce no more for anyone but ourselves. Let the government see that it needs great minds, not that great minds need government.
Sam Pulsifer is the man who accidentally burned down the Emily Dickinson house in Amherst, Massachusetts, killing two people in the process, and serving ten years in a cushy prison surrounded by stock-broker memoirists. Upon his release, several other writers' homes begin to go up in smoke, and Detective Wilson has an obvious suspect. Sam bumbles around New England trying to prove his innocence (and prove he's more than just a bumbler). Who knows? He might even find out what kind of a man he is along the way...
Roelofs produces a comprehensive picture of philanthropy's critical role in society. She shows how a vast number of policy innovations have arisen from the most important foundations, lessening the destructive impact of global "marketization". Conversely, groups and movements that might challenge the status quo are nudged into line with grants and technical assistance, and foundations have considerable power to shape such things as public opinion, higher education, and elite ideology. The cumulative effect is that foundations, despite their progressive goals, have a depoliticizing effect, one that preserves the hegemony of neoliberal institutions.
Leibowitz explores the implications of the book on wage labor that Marx originally intended to write. Focusing on critical assumptions in Capital that were to be removed in (Marx's projected book) Wage-Labour and upon Marx's methodology, Leibowitz stresses the one-sidedness of Marx's Capital and argues that the side of the workers, their goals and their struggles in capitalism have been ignored by a one-sided Marxism characterized by determinism, reductionsm and a silence on human experience. ...Leibowitz explores problems in Marx's wage theory, the place on the workers' state in Marx's theory and the importance of the concept of the collective worker.
Seymour: The Liberal Defence of Murder
Apr 14, 2009
In this critical intervention, Richard Seymour unearths the history of liberal justifications for empire, showing how savage policies of conquest -- including genocide and slavery -- have been retailed as charitable missions. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Seymour argues that the colonial tropes of 'civilization' and 'progress' still shape liberal pro-war discourse, and still conceal the same bloody realities.
Robin Hahnel argues that progressives need to go back to the drawing board and rethink how they conceive of economic justice and economic democracy.
A classic anti-colonial text by radical scholar and Red Power movement veteran Howard Adams.
Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law is a guerrilla legal handbook for workers in a precarious global economy. Blending cutting-edge legal strategies for winning justice at work with a theory of dramatic social change from below, Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross deliver a practical guide for making work better while re-invigorating the labor movement.
Peasants, religious heretics, witches, pirates, runaway slaves, prostitutes and pornographers, frequenters of taverns and fraternal society lodge rooms, revolutionaries, blues and jazz musicians, beats, and contemporary youth gangsâ€”those who defied authority, choosing to live dangerously outside the defining cultural dominions of early insurgent and, later, dominant capitalism are what Bryan D. Palmer calls people of the night.
A compelling account of U.S. immigration and border enforcement told through the journey of one man who perished in California's Imperial Valley while trying to reunite with his wife and child in Los Angeles. At a time when Republicans and Democrats alike embrace increasingly militaristic border enforcement policies under the guise of security, and local governments around the country are taking matters into their own hands, Dying to Live offers a timely confrontation to such prescriptions and puts a human face on the rapidly growing crisis. Moreover, it provides a valuable perspective on the historical geography of U.S.-Mexico relations, and immigration and boundary enforcement, illustrating its profound impact on people's lives, and deaths. In the end, the author offers a provocative, human-rights-based vision of what must be done to stop the fatalities and injustices endured by migrants and their loved ones.