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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

by: Heather on 12/15/2008
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John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed follow-up to the bestselling classic Dumbing Us Down. Just off press, this radical work argues that the real function of the modern educational system is to render the masses manageable and to train the next generation for subservience to the state.

Gatto has …

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Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists

by: Heather on 12/03/2008
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Jason Del Gandio's Rhetoric for Radicals describes effective communication as the ability to speak with clarity and intelligence, without underestimating the challenge of breaking new ground and winning new converts. This form of communication is the most important tool in the activist's toolkit. This indispensible book provides practical …

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The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles over Motors

by: Heather on 11/13/2008
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Tamara Dean's The Human-Powered Home is off press and receiving rave reviews! The book examines the evolution of human-powered devices and how they are used around the world, and then provides complete plans for a huge variety of projects. You can build a bike-powered blender or grain mill, a treadle-powered water pump and a pedal-powered washing …

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Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive

by: Heather on 10/17/2008
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Dr. Marilyn Hamilton's Integral City is just off press!

In a recent interview with the magazine Integral Leadership Review, Marilyn describes one of the many reasons why she wrote the book - to help us understand cities as an integral whole rather than just a sum of their separate parts.

We are so embedded in the city that the city is us, we cannot …

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Evolution's Edge - The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World

by: Heather on 10/01/2008
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Are we poised at the brink of catastrophe or the edge of evolution? With a plummeting economy, accelerating climate change and the onset of Peak Oil, this is a very timely question. Author Graeme Taylor shares his answers in Evolution's Edge - our latest release.

This excerpt from Evolution's Edge examines the potential outcomes of societal and economic collapse.

The consequences of system failure

We don't have to look to the ancient past to see the consequences of societal collapse -- the world is full of failed and failing states. In the last few decades many societies have collapsed, with consequences ranging from war, genocide and ethnic cleansing to civil wars and economic ruin. Some examples are Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Soviet Union. In almost every case government services such as law and order, public health care and education almost disappeared, living standards sharply declined, mortality rates rose and criminal gangs took control of entire regions.

While failed states are a major source of conflict, terrorism and drugs, they do not destabilize the global economy.The real danger to the survival of our species does not come from the collapse of individual nations, but from the collapse of major ecosystems and the global economy as a whole. The global economy was able to recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s because major ecosystems were intact and the world was still full of undiscovered resources. But if the next great depression is caused by a combination of climate change and resource shortages, the world may not have the ecological or economic resilience to recover.

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