Reading up on Revolution Top 10 Books for The Resistance.

Saddle up, kids with brains. The Resistance begins now. Today’s post will have the Top 10 Books for the Resistance, as well as other bits of info. Come back tomorrow for a black beans and rice recipe.

We are t-10 days from our kleptocracy going into effect with the giant orange toddler becoming president for the next 4 years.

This election cycle has been hard on many of us. We felt like a dream died. We are left feeling cheated, angry, despondent, breathless, used, and cast aside. We feel like our voices weren’t heard. We as women felt the recurrent pain of the act of the unqualified male being elevated and chosen above the overqualified woman. There is nary a one of us who hasn’t been looked over for a promotion, a place in government, in school, in our own families in favor of a man. We know what it’s like to have importance placed on external genitalia over all else. We grow acutely aware throughout our lifetimes just how little regard has been placed on our ability to be as effective a leader as a man.

They preach to us from infancy that our power comes from our allure. That we are barely more than the sum of our fuckable parts. Our value is incumbent upon our attractiveness, and that as we age, we do not become more, but less valuable. We are sewn into this idea in our youth, crushing the confidence of our young women as we elevate the egos of our young men. We are told that for men to feel like men we as women must maintain meek and submissive personae lest we intimidate future partners or bosses. Because the last thing men want is an assertive woman. Assertive women are bitches. Bossy. Shrews. Harridans. Harpies.

And now we have a president who quite literally rates women by their appearance–giving them numbers and ranks like cattle. We have a president who has admitted to sexually assaulting women. We have a huge swath of our nation who condoned that horror by voting for a man who is more concerned about his precious feelings being hurt than he is with preparing to lead the free world. We find ourselves in the awful position of doubting the legitimacy and intellectual capacity of our highest leader. We are tethered to a nation wherein enough people view women as so much less-than that they’re willing to gamble the future of an entire country by electing a demagogue who’d rather pray at the altar of Putin than accept any opinion that conflicts with his inflated sense of self-importance.

All thinking people know what a danger he is to our liberties and our lives. To him, we are wombs on legs who cook dinners and act as sheaths and doormats to his proclivities and persuasions. We are the future potentially discarded pussies he no longer deems worthy of invasion.

So, like each generation before us, when faced with the fight of our lives, we rally. And in order to be the most-effective tools for dismantling the machine against us, we must understand the reasons we are fighting beyond the gross sense of injustice that has been thrust upon our souls by the highest seat in the country. We need to understand which bolts go where and why if we need to take it apart–and we do need to take it apart. Starting now.

Her royal highness, Rachel Maddow, talked about the Indivisible Guide. It is a blueprint style guide to how we as liberal democrats and thinking people can work to break down the systematic shackling that the tea party and religious right has placed upon the country. It talks about local organizations, small protests, humane behavior, and what we can learn from the success of the tea party movement. It’s boss as fuck.

(sidenote: I’m watching the Sessions hearing as I write this. He’s a vomitus individual.)

For the Top 10 Books for the Resistance:

1.) Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt

In this urgent, controversial book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In Pro, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.

2.) A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter

A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.

3.) The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from The Global Fight for Women’s Rights by Minky Warden

“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.” —Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword

The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls, including in the Middle East where the Arab Spring raised high hopes, but the political revolutions are so far insufficient to guarantee progress. Around the world, women and girls are trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery, trapped in conflict zones where rape is a weapon of war, prevented from attending school, and kept from making deeply personal choices in their private lives, such as whom and when to marry. In many countries, women are second-class citizens by law. In others, religion and traditions block freedoms such as the right to work, study or access health care. Even in the United States, women who are victims of sexual violence often do not see their attackers brought to justice.

4.) Divide by Matt Taibbi

Through astonishing–and enraging–accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.

5.) With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect Power by Glenn Greenwald

From the nation’s beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country’s political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.

6.) Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it by Robert Reich

Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture. Reich connects the dots for us, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, while undermining our democracy; has caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and has turned many Americans against one another. He also explains why the proposals of the “regressive right” are dead wrong and provides a clear road map for what must be done instead. Here is a blueprint for action for everyone who cares about the future of America.

7.) The Republican Brain: the Science of why they deny science and reality. by Chris C. Mooney

Science writer Chris Mooney explores brain scans, polls, and psychology experiments to explain why conservatives today believe more wrong things; appear more likely than Democrats to oppose new ideas and less likely to change their beliefs in the face of new facts; and sometimes respond to compelling evidence by doubling down on their current beliefs.

Goes beyond the standard claims about ignorance or corporate malfeasance to discover the real, scientific reasons why Republicans reject the widely accepted findings of mainstream science, economics, and history—as well as many undeniable policy facts (e.g., there were no “death panels” in the health care bill).
Explains that the political parties reflect personality traits and psychological needs—with Republicans more wedded to certainty, Democrats to novelty—and this is the root of our divide over reality.

8.)Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America’s Democracy by David Daley

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks—known to political insiders as “ratf**king”—to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history.

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9.) Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.

10.)Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything by Becky Bond and Zach Exley

Fast-paced, provocative, and profound, Rules for Revolutionaries stands as a liberating challenge to the low expectations and small thinking that dominates too many advocacy, non-profit, and campaigning organizations—and points the way forward to a future where political revolution is truly possible.

 

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