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Resource Pointer #377 Politics in the U.S.
February 8, 2005

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Crimes Against Nature, 2004* Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  Suggests that the Bush Administration has eviscerated laws protecting air, water, public lands, and wildlife through a regulatory and political process and is both outside of public scrutiny and in tandem with industry. Argues this administration has sacrificed respect for the law, public health scientific integrity, and long-term economic vitality. 244 pages. $21.95. Contact HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299; phone (212) 207-7000; fax (212) 207-7901; website; email

*Don’t Think of an Elephant, 2004* George Lakoff. Intended to serve as an antidote for progressives to the last forty years of conservative strategizing in the United States, the author explains how conservatives think and frame their issues, and how to counter their arguments. Details the traditional American values the progressives hold, but fail to articulate. 124 pages. $10.00. Contact Chelsea Green Publishing, P.O. Box 428, 85 North Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001; phone (800) 639-4099; fax (802) 295-6444; website, email

*Investing in Democracy Toolkit: A Citizen & Candidate Guide to Voter Owned Elections, 2003* Tool Kit. Center for Governmental Studies (CGS).  Describes state and local systems of public campaign financing that provide candidates for public office with money and other resources to conduct their campaigns. Focuses on six states that have enacted full public financing, particularly Arizona and Maine, and includes another 21 states and 12 local jurisdictions with partial public financing systems, notably Los Angeles, New York City and Tucson.  Provides a detailed and comprehensive look at the benefits of voter owned elections. 2 videos and 49 page booklet. $7.50. (Booklet can be downloaded from the Internet.) Contact Public Campaign, 1320 19th Street NW, Suite M-1, Washington, DC, 20036; phone (202) 293-0222; fax (202) 293-0202; website; email

*Moral Politics, 2002* George Lakoff. Analyzes the underlying assumptions of liberals and conservatives, and argues that their differences arise from radically different conceptions of morality and ideal family life. Revised edition includes new observations on major ideological conflicts since the book’s original publication, in 1996. 471 pages. $22.00. Contact The University of Chicago Press, 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; phone (773) 702-7700; fax (773) 702-9756; website; email

*What We Do Now, 2004* Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians (editors). Contains a collection of essays written by progressives in response to George W. Bush’s 2004 electionvictory.  Addresses the future of the Democratic Party; the role of the U.S. in the world; social and cultural issues; and the divisions within the American electorate. Essayists include Howard Dean, Greg Palast, Lewis Lapham, Nicholas Kristof and many others. 203 pages. $12.00. Contact Melville House Publishing, P.O. Box 3278, Hoboken, NJ 07030; phone (201) 222-2640; fax (201) 222-8011; website; email


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