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  1. Contested Truths
    Keywords in American Politics since Independence

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1988
  2. Counter-Rhetoric 
    Challenging "conventional wisdom" & reframing the conflict

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2006
    This useful little book does two things. It challenges the rhetoric, the perceptions and assumptions regarding the conflict in Israel/Palestine, and it exposes the underlying imbalance of power around which this rhetoric swirls. It is both useful as a historical guide and as a tool for countering the prevailing divisive rhetoric. Whether challenging the concepts embedded in Zionism, the wars of the mid 20th century and the later occupation, or the Wall as security argument, this book gives a systematic alternative to the prevailing mantras and begins the process of changing the viewing of the conflict.
  3. Five Steps from D.C. to Jo'burg
    Against The Current vol. 87

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    1. Take Washington D.C. to Johannesburg. What the youth and other activists in the U.S.A. have done, must be repeated here in South Africa. Of course, it will not be parrot-like, it will have to take into account our specific situation and circumstances. We must target the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as agents of neoliberal economic policy in our country and our region. We must then find issues around which we can organize the people, for example, water, electricity, jobs, etc.
  4. The futility of activism using violence as catharsis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The anarchist practitioners of violence are fundamentally elitist. They do violence because it makes them feel good, and they don't care about the fact that it undermines the real work for social change that movement activists are doing.
  5. The Inquisition of Climate Science
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2011
    The Inquisition of Climate Science is the first book to comprehensively take on the climate science denial movement and the deniers themselves, exposing their lack of credentials, their extensive industry funding, and their failure to provide any alternative theory to explain the observed evidence of warming. Lawrence Powell's book clearly reveals that the evidence of global warming is real and that an industry of denial has deceived the American public, putting them and their grandchildren at risk.
  6. The limits of anti-racism 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    The contemporary discourse of 'antiracism' is focused much more on taxonomy than politics. It emphasizes the name by which we should call some strains of inequality -- whether they should be broadly recognized as evidence of 'racism' -- over specifying the mechanisms that produce them or even the steps that can be taken to combat them. And, no, neither 'overcoming racism' nor 'rejecting whiteness' qualifies as such a step any more than does waiting for the 'revolution' or urging God's heavenly intervention.
  7. Not by Politics Alone
    The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
    An informative study on the Christian Right, this book addresses how politics and culture converge. Diamond provides an analysis of how "family values" are infused with evangelical beliefs on a number of societal issues.
  8. The Oratory of Malcolm X
    Against The Current vol. 120

    Resource Type: Article
    Spike Lee closes his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” with two quotes: In one, Malcolm X proclaims the right to self defense and in the other, Martin Luther King, Jr. insists upon non-violent protest. Each quote has the potential to produce a drastically different reading of the film, which ends in a police murder of an African-American youth and a subsequent street riot. Lee, however, chooses to maintain a tension between the two interpretations of the riot, asking his audience to juggle both or to choose for themselves.
  9. The Power of Persuasion
    The Politics of the New Right in Ontario

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2007
    Kozolanka looks at how the Mike Harris's new right conservative government came to power in Ontario Premier Mike Harris by using successful strategies from other countries to gain public accquiescence for its neo-conservative policies. Relying on evidence drawn from literature, interviews and content analysis, she argues that this trajectory was "neither haphazard nor narrowly constructed."
  10. The Professor of Parody
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    It is difficult to come to grips with Judith Butler’s ideas because it is difficult to figure out what they are.
  11. Rhetoric for Radicals
    A Handbook for Twenty-first Century Activists

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
    Activists often suffer from a credibility gap because of their lack of coherent message and strategic delivery. Rhetoric for Radicals addresses and helps solve these problems. It provides the tools to develop the all-important communication skills necessary to be effectively heard.
  12. Right-Wing Populism in America
    Too Close for Comfort

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
    Examines the historical roots and current situation of right-wing populism in the US. Berlet and Lyons highlight the dangers of right-wing populism in affecting the political system and opportunities for social change.
  13. The Socialist Register 1987
    Volume 23: Conservatism in Britain and America: Rhetoric and Reality

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1987
  14. Some of my best comrades are friends
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    The left's sloppy use of language indicates sloppy thinking.
  15. Words, words, words...
    Diemer, Ulli

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    The misuse of language implies a failure to think clearly, to analyse correctly, to communicate with others.

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