Recommended Reading and Viewing


Novels portraying a dystopian society have surged in popularity in the years since the 2016 US Presidential election. These include classics such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. Our national consciousness seems to be trying to make sense of an uncertain future where the norms of democracy are shifting before our eyes.
At his presentation on Feb.5th, Dr Dale Anderson made note of some nonfiction books on his topic of Fascism. These are listed here if you would like to explore this topic further.
Books on Fascism 2016-2018

Title                                               Author                              

Hitler Ascent 1889-1931            Volker, Ulrich, 2016

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Hand    Mark Bray, 2017

The Despot’s Apprentice            Brian Klaas, 2017

Fascism Today: What It is and How to End It  Shane Burley, 2017

On Tyranny                                Timothy Snyder, 2017        

Demogoguery and Democracy  Patricia Roberts-Miller, 2017 

The Future is History                 Masha Gessen, 2017  

Fascism-A Warning                   Madeline Albright, 2018



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Join the conversation about Climate Change View:
This Spaceship Earth Drone Video of Sea Level Rise on Siesta Beach. Click here.

From Ezra Klein at VOX. A fascinating discussion of how democracies die. The short answer is - slowly. Click here.

The history I didn’t know about the restoration of voting rights in Florida. Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing Voters By THE EDITORIAL BOARDJAN. 2, 2018

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America 
The Guardian

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation “You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.” Continue reading.

At one of our meetings a discussion was begun of reasons why people hold certain opinions and beliefs and why these are so ingrained and difficult to change even in the face of factual evidence. How do we talk (and listen to) to friends and family who hold opinions so distant from our own? We'd like to continue this conversation in future meetings and want to share what we're reading to further inform our understanding in this area.

The book The Political Brain by Drew Westin delves into the science. The first link below is to an article by Westen published in Scientific American Magazine based on his book:

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