My original reading challenge for this year (2016) was to finish 250 books and I think I read 21 or maybe 22. I’m quite happy with 22. I still love that number, though. The hugeness of 250 – the five-books-a-week of it – pleases me inordinately. However, the loveliness of reading 250 books is only fun in theory. At no point has it inspired me to actually read more than I do.
It’s a far-off adventurous challenge that I can dismiss as I knit and crochet and watch Four in a Bed on All4 as I dye yarn all night.
So this morning I had a more specific idea: I will finally make myself a reading list of the writers I have wanted to read for years but never got around to. I will read the MediaLens books I have yet to read, Chomsky, John Pilger, Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, The Racket, etc. Namely investigative and corruption-exposing books that are helpful. Helpful in what way? Um… in learning about the real world and not that proposed by the MSM. Primarily, using trusted sources for information.
Information about what? What do I want to find out?
I’m not sure. In the short term it’s how do we get to a place where the Conservative have 40% support while the state is being destroyed and public services eradicated?
On a broader theme, it’s: how to create a political movement that supports each individual in society? “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”
The world is facing imminent catastrophe and little seems to be said about changing behaviours and what we can do to save it. This is utterly bizarre to me. I also believe that change starts from where you are so local is where I need to focus.
My goal is to somehow see how Buddhism, capitalism, the propaganda model and Bristol all combine to demonstrate how the Green Party has failed to gain greater support. It’s quite lucky that my constituency, Bristol West, is one of the prize ones for the Green Party and one of the few in the country that have a chance at voting in a Green MP. Our leading candidate is Green MEP Molli Scot Caio so European matters will be on the list too.
Next up – the List.
- Why Are We The Good Guys? (want to read) by David Cromwell
- Newspeak (read) by David Edwards and David Cromwell
- Guardians of Power (read) by David Edwards and David Cromwell
- Free to be Human (want to read) by David Edwards
- The Compassionate Revolution (own) by David Edwards
- Private Planet by David Cromwell
- Surviving Climate Change by David Cromwell and Mark Levee
- This Changes Everything (own it)
- The Racket (own it)
- The Age of Consent (own it)
- Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies & Reds (own it)
- Bristol novels
- Noam Chomsky – Necessary Illusions (already own it)
- Alison Edgley – The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky
- In his work, Chomsky employs recognisably theoretical perspectives, as well as bodies of values, assumptions about human nature and reality, claims, and conclusions which not only look like theories, but I argue are theories. A prevalent example is what I refer to as his theory of the state. This theory holds that states are not neutral bodies operating for the good of all citizens in that society. Rather, they systematically serve the interests of elites at the expense of many of their own citizens. Writ large, the theory also leads to the claim that western states operate at the expense of large numbers of humanity beyond their own borders and citizens.
The Propaganda Model
- Chomsky & Herman
- John W. Robertson – The Propaganda Model in 2011: Stronger yet still neglected in higher education?
- Climate Change and Development reading list
European Parliament? (to come soon)
(I also want to work on my Bristol Literature list but that’s another topic for another post)