JANUARY 2011 READING SCHEDULE
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA. ...
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January 3 & 10, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CXLVI: The underside of empire
Jesse Ventura, American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010). — "Former Minnesota governor, navy SEAL, and pro rassler Ventura has a new truTVshow investigating but not necessarily debunking conspiracy theories. . . . Heady, paranoiac stuff, to be sure, but there are even more forthright charges regarding the assassination of Malcolm X, the Jonestown massacre, and the 'stolen' elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, and, for that matter, 1980. Believable? Some of it. An action-packed read? You bet." —Booklist (Mike Tribby).
John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth about Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World (Dutton, 2007; Plume paperback 2008). — "Having made a splash with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Perkins offers similarly entertaining but disturbing accounts of the American government wreaking havoc around the world in support of American business. . . . This book's greatest value may be to encourage a competent journalist to cover the same ground." —Publishers Weekly.
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January 17, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CXLVII: The failure of the liberal class
Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class (Nation Books, October 2010). — "The door that has been opened to proto-fascists has been opened by a bankrupt liberalism. The Death of the Liberal Class examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and the consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted. Hedges argues there are five pillars of the liberal establishment—the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities, and the Democratic Party—and that each of these institutions, more concerned with status and privilege than justice and progress, sold out the constituents they represented." —Daniel Ellsberg.
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January 24 & 31, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CXLVIII: The decision to drop the bomb
Gar Alperovitz, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995; Vintage paperback 1996). — "Historian Alperovitz argues that America's use of the atomic bomb on Japan was motivated by politics rather than by military necessity." —Publishers Weekly. "The president of the National Center for Economic Alternatives argues that against all advice President Truman was persuaded to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima by incoming Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, who saw the bomb as an important tool for dealing with the Soviets after the war." —Book description.