New books that I have just read that I highly recommend:                                Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean explains in detail how the Koch brothers and the Mercers are executing  a plan to divide us through our fear of multiculturalism and racial differences.The Road to Unfreedom by Robert Snyder which explains how Putin is executing a plan to have us loose faith in our institutions (Presidency, the rule of law, the safety of our identity and our financial information) though cyber attacks. Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism by Robert Kuttner describes how Fascism is winning through out the world and how the US oligarchy and corporations have captured the machinery of the government to promote it. and The Soul of America by Jon Meacham; While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times., “The good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.

Two book that I have just read with a positive attitude:Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit; Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Also books I am reading now  Evicted:Poverty and Profit in the America City by Matthew Desmond; How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky; The Common Good by Robert Reich;

Just Published:: War vs Peace by Ronan Farrow:that tell s how diplomacy of the state department is being replaced by military policy; Us vs Them by Ian Bremmer: tells how we are being distracted from solutions of automation and globalization.  Tailspin by Steven Brill how the aristocracy and oligarchy are perpetuating a take it all that will make our economic system dis-function.

A novel: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline that presents a virtual reality world of the future,

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