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Weekly Notes, Articles and Projects

Week of March 23 to 27 - Public Opinion and the Mass Media

Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Mass Media [Part One]
  • Crash Course # 44 - Media Institution
  • Reading: Democracy and a Free Press - Croteau and Hoynes
  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
  • Week of March 30 to April 3 - Public Opinion and the Mass Media (continued)

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Mass Media [Part Two]
  • Seymour Hersh on the State of American Journalism - On Contact with Chris Hedges
  • Reading: The "Liberal" Media's Propaganda War on Bernie Sanders - Street
  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
  • Week of April 13 to 17 - Governmental Bureaucracy

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Governmental Bureaucracy
  • Types of Bureaucracies: Crash Course Government and Politics #16
  • Reading: Which is Worse - Government or Corporate Bureaucracy? - Hartmann
  • Bureaucracy - A Documentary by Dr Richard Cole
  • Week of April 20 to 24 - Voting and Elections

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Voting and Elections
  • Election Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #36
  • How Voters Decide: Crash Course Government and Politics #38
  • Reading: The Case for an Independent Left Party: From the Bottom Up - Hawkins
  • Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections - Documentary
  • Week of April 27 to May 1 - Interest Groups

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Interest Groups
  • Interest Groups: Crash Course Government and Politics #42
  • This Jet Fighter is a Disaster, but Congress Keeps Buying It - Vox
  • Reading: Interest Groups, Special and Public - Hastings
  • Pricele$$ - Documentary on Interest Groups in America
  • Week of May 4 to May 8 - The Public Policy Process

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Public Policy Process
  • Making Public Policy (Are the Zombies Corona Virus?)
  • Naomi Klein: Sanders "Broke the Spell" of Neoliberalism as Trump Pushes Coronavirus Capitalism - Democracy Now!
  • Reading: Public Health? Anyone? Twelve Ways to Avoid Talking About Capitalism - Gendrault
  • Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics - Documentary
  • Week of May 11 to May 15 - Economic Policy

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for Economic Policy
  • Fiscal Policy and Stimulus: Crash Course Economics #8
  • The Dirty Secret of Capitalism - And a New Way Forward: TED Talk with Nick Hanauer
  • Wall Street Wins -- Again - Prins
  • Requiem for the American Dream - Documentary
  • Week of May 18 to May 22 - U.S. Foreign Policy

    Notes, Text Assignments, Articles, and Films
  • Lecture Presentation for U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy: Crash Course Government and Politics #50
  • Us Foreign Policy After the Election - Cloughley
  • The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • In Whose Interest? - Documentary
  • Research Projects / Examinations

    Corporate Power and Democracy - Research Project One

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Conservative)
  • Democracy and Capitalism - Friedman
  • Interest Group Politics - Loomis and Cigler
  • Free Speech Requires Campaign Money - Smith
  • The Road to Serfdom - Hayek
  • Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis - Von Mises
  • Capitalism and Freedom - Friedman
  • American Democracy in Peril - Hudson
  • Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right and Left Get Wrong - Muller
  • The Case for Congress - Hamilton
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal to Critical / Radical)
  • Corporations Are Human Creations. We Can't Let Them Threaten Our Survival - Korten
  • Demise of the US Middle Class Now Official - Smith
  • The Coming Collapse - Hedges
  • How Corporate Dark Money is Taking Power on Both Sides of the Atlantic - Monbiot
  • The Rise of the Corporatocracy - Vanbergen
  • The Primary Contradiction: Corporate Power vs. Progressive Populism - Solomon
  • How Corporate Power Killed Democracy - Moser
  • The Financial Power Elite - Foster and Holleman
  • The Divine Right of Capital - Kelly
  • Democracy for the Few - Parenti
  • America Beyond Capitalism - Alperovitz
  • Myth America: Democracy vs. Capitalism - Boyer
  • Who Rules America? - Domhoff
  • The Power of the Rich - Tabb
  • "This Land is Your Land" - Hightower
  • Let's Get This Class War Started - Hedges
  • Is That A Politician In Your Pocket? - Sifry and Watzman
  • United States Foreign Policy - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Conservative)
  • "Rebuilding America's Defenses" - The Project for the New American Century
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Department of Defense
  • Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • The National Security Strategy of the United States of America 2017
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal to Critical / Radical)
  • Pompeo Says Gangland-Style Hit on Soleimani Was "Restoration of Deterrence" - Whitney
  • Former Top Bush Official: I Saw the March to War in 2003. I'm Seeing the Same Thing with Iran Now - Democracy Now!
  • "America Exists Today to Make War": Lawrence Wilkerson on Endless War & American Empire - Democracy Now!
  • The Military-Industrial Complex Revisited - Hartung
  • American Democracy in Peril - Hudson
  • The Logic of U.S. Intervention - Parenti
  • Present at the Culmination: An Empire of Righteousness? - Gardner
  • American Militarism and Blowback - Johnson
  • Grand Theft Pentagon - St. Clair
  • The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: Update 2011 - Pollin
  • Fighting 1% Wars: Why Our Wars of Choice May Prove Fatal - Astore
  • The Business of War - International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
  • US Government / AP - Final Thesis Project

    AP Text Assignments for Spring 2020 (Due: Friday, May 22, 2020)

    Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for US Government Students:

  • The Political Compass
  • Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page
  • The Crisis of Democracy - The Trilateral Commission (1973)
  • The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) - Reclaim Democracy!
  • A Century of War - RT Documentary
  • The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us
  • Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis - Represent.Us
  • The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart
  • War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler
  • Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)
  • Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism
  • Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network
  • The Propaganda Multiplier:How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics - Swiss Propaganda Research
  • Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary
  • Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate
  • Two American Families - Frontline Documentary
  • We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED
  • Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org
  • Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org
  • Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us - Institute for Policy Studies
  • Park Ave: Wealth, Poverty, and the American Dream - Documentary
  • Shadows of Liberty - Documentary (Mass Media)
  • Plutocracy in America - Brenner
  • Addicted To War - Andreas
  • Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky
  • Searching for Steele: James Steele, America's Mystery Man in Iraq - BBC / Guardian Documentary
  • The Untouchables - Frontline Documentary
  • The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary
  • Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films
  • Political Fraud - Class War Films
  • Financial Crime - Class War Films
  • Imperial Decay - Class War Films
  • WikiRebels - Documentary
  • Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - Documentary
  • Obamacare: A Deception - Roberts
  • The Purchase of Our Republic - Falkson
  • Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall
  • Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Taibbi
  • Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!
  • Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!
  • The Story of Stuff Project
  • The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea
  • The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"