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*Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution, 2004* Derrick Jensen. Critiques the current American 'industrial' education system as limiting students' abilities to think independently and act autonomously. Proposes a new system based on the author's own teaching experiences to encourage creative thinking and the questioning of falsely claimed authority. 226 pages. $22.50. Contact Chelsea Green Publishers, c/o Resolution, Inc., P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407; phone (800) 639-4099; Web site http://www.chelseagreen.com/.
*Investing in Democracy Toolkit: A Citizen and Candidate Guide to Voter Owned Elections, 2003* Public Campaign. Two videos, a booklet, and a user's guide demonstrate the success of publicly funded elections and provide information and resources for activists. "The Road to Clean Elections" video exhibits the benefits of Clean Elections laws enacted in Arizona and Maine. "Running: The Campaign for the New York City Council" video follows the 2001 elections for New York City Council and examines the system for limiting private interest infiltration. "Investing in Democracy" booklet includes information on the history of public election financing, the strengths and weaknesses of existing campaign financing systems, and avenues to implement reforms. "Ten Things You Can Do With this Toolkit" user's guide offers step-by-step suggestions for clean elections. Available for free online viewing and download at: http://www.publicampaign.org/publications/trtce/index.htm. Contact Public Campaign, 1320 19th Street NW, Suite M-1, Washington, D.C. 20036; phone (202) 293-0222; fax (202) 293-0202; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.publicampaign.org/.
*Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country - And It's Time to Take it Back, 2003* Jim Hightower. Critiques the Bush administration, focusing especially on the administration's corporate and media connections that undermine political integrity. 288 pages. $24.95. Contact Viking Books, c/o Putnam Penguin Group Inc., 405 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford, NJ 07073; phone (800) 788-6262; fax (212) 366-2679; Web site http://www.penguinputnam.com/.
*Censorship Inc.: The Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States, 2002* Lawrence Soley. Examines the current state of media censorship in America, especially the role of private wealth in undermining the democratic function of the media. Reveals a variety of corporate practices and strategies that inhibit free speech Includes examples and suggestions for reclaiming the right to free speech. 308 pages. $23.95. Contact Monthly Review Press, 122 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; phone (800) 670-9499; fax (212) 727-3676; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.monthlyreview.org/.