Useful Reading 


2020 Election Issues


1.   Henson: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change

2.   Homer-Dixon: Environment, Scarcity, and Violence

3.   Hulme: Why Do We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction, and Opportunity

4.   Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

5.   Scientific American: Climate Change: Planet Under Pressure

The. U.S. Safety Net

1.   Colin: Hedge: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age

2.   Doar: A Safety Net That Works: Improving Federal Programs For Low-Income Americans

3.   Newman: Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality

4.   Giele: Family Policy and the American Safety Net

Black & White

1.   Dyson: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America

2.   Hochschild: Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

3.   Jones: The End of White Christian America


1.   Johnston: It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing To America

2.   Klaas: The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack On Democracy

3.   Lee: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

The Decline of the Liberal World Order

1.   Kagan: The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

2.   Luce: The Retreat of Western Liberalism

3.   Ramo: The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It

Political Polarization

1.   Hetherington: Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics

2.   Kinder: Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the American Public

3.   Lakoff: Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think

4.   McCarty: Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches

5.   Post: Citizens Divided


1.   Hoberman: Age of Globalization

2.   Klein: Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate

3.   Milanovic: Global Inequality

4.   Yishai: Humanity’s Global Era: A Dual Paradigm Change

Truth Decay

1.   Hochschild: Do Facts Matter?: Information and Misinformation in American Politics.

2.   McIntyre: Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age

3.   Rand: Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life


1.   Diamond: Authoritarianism Goes Global

2.   Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20thCentury

3.   Stenner: The Authoritarian Dynamic