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.[1] ...


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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.


Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County’s “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, has examined more than 325 books. (Summaries more than 200 of them have been posted online on the website Scribd.) Topics discussed have included the Iraq war, Peak Oil, climate change, torture, the corporation, Islam, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the writings of Robert Baer, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, Israel/Palestine, sustainability, war and human nature, the nature of money, September 11, energy geopolitics, the debt crisis, American immigration policy, the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections, financial crisis, the politics of assassination, and Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, and social change. Occasionally the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation — Participation is free and open; anyone interested is welcome. Try King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) or other local bookstores for copies of books. More information: contact Mark Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.ufppc.org.