Current Events Resources

On occasion, the CTL collects teaching resources from our faculty related to significant current events.  The goal is to make it easier for faculty to find ways to connect their class discussions to contemporary issues.  Faculty who have suggestions for topics or resources to share should contact the CTL with their ideas.

Occupy Wall Street Movement: Teaching Ideas and Resources

Background Materials on economic Inequality

Galbraith, John Kenneth. 2004. "The Economics of Innocent Fraud : Truth for Our Time," Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

Claus Dierksmeier, et. al. 2011. Humanistic Ethics in the Age of Globality. Palmgrave Macmillan.

"The Freedom-Responsibility Nexus in Management Philosophy and Business Ethics" by Claus Dierksmeier, Journal of Business Ethics (2011) 101:263-283. (Claus can make available as pdf.

Ahamed, Liaquat (2009), Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, New York: Penguin.

Perkins, John (2006), Confessions of an Economic Hitman, New York: Plume.

http://toomuchonline.org/

http://www.naomiklein.org/main


Background Material on structural power and the power elite

C. Wright Mills (2000), The Power Elite, New York: Oxford University Press.

G. William Domhoff (2009), Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance, New York: McGraw-Hill.

Michael Zweig (2001) The Working Class Majority. Cornell University Press.

http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/

http://www.theyrule.net/


Materials on the current OWS Movement (for obvious reasons, most of these are web-based)

http://Occupywallstreet.org

http://rosswolfe.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/reflections-on-occupy-wall-street-what-it-represents-its-prospects-and-its-deficiencies/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/benjamin-shepard/protesting-budget-austeri_b_866788.html

http://www.thisweekinsociology.com

http://www.racialicious.com/2011/10/15/a-letter-to-the-occupy-together-movement/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dtD8RnGaRQ&feature=player_embedded

http://thefeministwire.com/2011/10/in-support-of-occupy-wall-street/


Interactive Tools:

1. Crittendon Womens Union [economic independence calculator] -students pick any community in Mass. and enter family size and see how much money would be necessary to live in these communities broken down into various costs such as housing, food, child care, etc. http://www.liveworkthrive.org/research_and_tools/economic_independence_calculator

2. Economic Policy Institute [State of Working America]-you can look at how income growth gets distributed over time and the changes from early century when bottom 90% generally got a third to half of income growth, to the past 30 years or so when almost ALL income growth goes to top ten percent. http://www.stateofworkingamerica.org/pages/interactive?/%3Fstart=1917&end=1918#/?start=1982&end=2008 It is also worth comparing to the income tax rate of top category http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_United_States#Tax_rates_in_history

 

Finance perspectives:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/occupy-wall-street-needs-to-occupy-congress-and-lobbyists/2011/10/14/gIQAap0DsL_story.html

http://interloping.com/2011/10/18/why-after-20-years-in-finance-i-support-occupy-wall-street/

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2011/10/15/a-call-to-action/

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2011/10/16/suzanne/

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2011/10/17/and-the-men-who-hold-high-places/

 

Conservative bloggers:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1461928

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47012

http://worth-reading-blog.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupiers-vs-tea-party.html

http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/welcome-to-the-american-autumn/?eiid=&rmid=2011_10_11_PLA_[P11311906]&rrid=306963572

http://www.mrc.org/bmi/articles/2011/Media_Embrace_Noble_Extremists_Occupying_Wall_Street_Ignore_Radicalism__of_the_Time.html

 

Other resources:

David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning

Joel Bakan, The Corporation (the basis of the documentary with the same title).

Thom Hartmann, Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People"--and How You Can Fight Back.

Paul Hawken, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest

Bill McKibben, Deep Economy and Eaarth.