Unit 11-- Political Economy (part 3): Corporations, Capitalism and the Global Economy

I) Assigned Readings:

  1. "Creating Real Prosperity", Frances Moore Lappé, Yes! Magazine (Winter 2007)   
  2. “Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice,” Penn Loh, Yes! Magazine (Nov 14, 2017) 
  3. "Two Myths that Keep the World Poor," Vandana Shiva, Ode Magazine (Nov 2005)   
  4. "Born Yesterday," Howard Zinn   
  5. "Deeper Defense Cuts Would Result in Better Choices," John Arquilla, SF Chronicle (January 8, 2012)   
  6. "A Brief History of U.S. Interventions: 1945 to 1999," William Blum 
  7. "Blowback," Chalmers Johnson   
  8. "Oligarchy in the U.S.A," Jeffrey A Winters, In These Times (March 2012)    
  9. Optional Reading - click on this link for a list of supplemental readings to deepen your knowledge

II) Video Resources:

  1. Alan Grayson introducing "The War is Making You Poor Act," Youtube video (May 21, 2010)
  2. "Coral Reef," Ian Somerhalder- Nature is Speaking Series, Conservation International
  3. "The Stories Project - Successes from California's Community Colleges," Firoz Gill and the FA-PAC interns
  4. "If The World Were 100 People: When you shrink the world's population down to 100 people, this is what you get," GOOD (Facebook Video)

III) Important Dates/Notices: 

PLEASE HELP A FELLOW STUDENT, DONATE YOUR BOOKS: At the end of this class, you may decide you do not need to keep your text books. Rather than sell them for pennies on the dollar, could you please donate them to Nicky to put on reserve in the Library? Many students are desperate for financial help. Not having to buy the texts for this class could mean the difference between success and failure for them. Please help. Donate your books to Nicky on the last day of class. Drop off at Nicky's office- F-2, Room L. Thanks.

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