Monday, June 03, 2019

Five books about holding power to account

Stephen William "Billy’ Bragg" is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that span political or romantic themes. His music is heavily centered on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in grass-roots activist causes. His book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World was a bestseller in 2016.

Bragg's new book is The Three Dimensions of Freedom.

At the Guardian he tagged five books about holding power to account, including:
Though we are no longer subject to the whims and fancies of divinely ordained monarchs, absolute power now resides with the markets and the neoliberal project that drives globalisation. The corporate capture of democracy has led to an economic ideology based on the notion of Tina (“There is no alternative”). In The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein describes how corporations exploit wars, coups and natural disasters to deliver economic shock therapy to reeling communities. Under the cover of supplying aid, the tools of neoliberal engineering – privatisation, deregulation and cuts to social programmes – are imposed to undermine the public sphere.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue