Easy Introductory Guide


The following guide will allow you to quickly gain a basic knowledge of various topics dealt with in the GUIDE. All materials are available at the The Edmonton Public Library   www.epl.ca/  


Alberta Politics/Economics

A terrific introduction to the effects of neoliberalism in Alberta as well as one-party rule may be found in Kevin Taft’s books Shredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party Government (1997) and Democracy Derailed: The Breakdown of Government Accountability in Alberta- and How To Get It Back On Track (2007)

Rise Up: Radio Free Edmonton - Wednesday 5:30 PM CJSR Radio 88.5 FM     www.riseupedmonton.ca   deals primarily with Alberta and Edmonton political and economic issues. albertaviews     www.albertaviews.ab.ca/   is a good general publication for these and related topics, as is the The Parkland Post     www.parklandpost.ca/post/   The Parkland Institute www.ualberta.ca/parkland   and Public Interest Alberta www.pialberta.org   are valuable sources of information.

U.S. History/Politics/Militarism/Hegemony

A great place to start is the video Why We Fight (2006) followed by Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)????. There are also numerous books by Chomsky over the past few years dealing with American imperialism.

Ongoing news including the latest on American politics/militarism may be found on Democracy Now - Monday 5:00 PM   www.democracynow.org   on CJSR Radio FM 88.5 at 5pm on Monday. Alternative Radio www.alternativeradio.org   - Saturday 11:00 AM CJSR Radio 88.5 FM frequently deals with background to these issues.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart CFRN CTV Shaw 2 Tuesday-Friday 12:05 AM and The Colbert Report CFRN CTV Shaw 2 Tuesay-Friday 12:35 AM (Mature Content) Irreverent satirical look at U.S. and world politics.

Commodification

Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn (1999) and No Logo by Naomi Klein (2000) are great places to start for a general overview of this area. The Corporation (2005) is a great video concerning the corporate takeover of our public commons.


Corporate Media

A great place to start are the videos Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2005) followed by Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (2002) and Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004) Also useful is the CD Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda Lies the Media Tell Us by James Winter (2007) provides a wide-ranging look at how corporate media distorts many of our economic and political issues both in Canada and elsewhere. Another valuable source of information on American corporate media is Counterspin - Tuesday 5:30 PM on CJSR Radio 88.5 FM  www.fair.org/index.php?page=5 as well as the magazine Extra!   www.fair.org


Globalization

The easiest books on this subject are Goodbye Canada by Paul Hellyer (2001) and The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization by Wayne Ellwood (2001) followed by various works from the Globalization/Work section of DVDs
The best single book for more advanced reading on the “free trade” treaties is Global Showdown by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (2000). Alternative Radio www.alternativeradio.org   at 11 pm on Saturday on CJSR 88.5 FM frequently deals with these issues.


Neoliberalism/Corporate Rule

The best place to start is the video The Corporation (2005) followed by other works in the Corporations section of DVDs
A classic introduction is When Corporations Rule the World   by David C. Korten (1995)
Alternative Radio www.alternativeradio.org   at 11 pm on Saturday on CJSR 88.5 FM frequently deals with these issues.
Additionally those new to economics may wish to check   www.economicsforeveryone.ca

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