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How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

Author: George Monbiot

Publisher: Verso (2016)

'Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices, wells will still be dug and bridges will still be built, but only for the few. Food will still be grown, but it will not reach the mouths of the poor. New medicines will be developed, but they will be inaccessible to many of those in need.' George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.

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How To Run A Government So That Citizens Benefit And Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

Author: Michael Barber

Publisher: Penguin (2016)

Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Why is this? And what can we do about it? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of international experience advising political leaders, to show how those in power can make good on their promises.

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Law, Liberty, And Morality

Author: HLA Hart

Publisher: Oxford University Press

All who lay claim to an educated conscience should make themselves familiar with the issues presented in these incisively argued lectures.1 Twentieth Century Professor Hart deals in this book with the use of the criminal law to enforce morality, in particular sexual morality. He first considers John Stuart Mill's famous declaration: 'The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community is to prevent harm to others.' The author then examines the arguments of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, the great Victorian judge, and Lord Devlin, that the use of the criminal law to enforce morality is justified. He sets out to demonstrate that these challenges fail to recognize distinctions of vital importance for legal and political theory. H. L. A. Hart, who retired as Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1978, was Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford until 1968.

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Loathe Thy Neighbour

Author: James O'Brien

Part of a series: LBC Leading Britain's Conversation

Publisher: Elliott and Thompson Limited (2015)

Immigration is the thorny question that just won't go away. It feeds a whole industry of commentators, pundits and politicians who take great delight in whipping us all into a frenzy, speaking for the 'ordinary people'. But, when ugly prejudices are being fed by professionals grown fat on the fear and fury of their consumers, it is time to stop and ask whether the faceless group of immigrants really exists or whether it just appeals to our basest fears.

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Lords Of The Desert

Author: James Barr

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2019)

Upon victory in 1945, Britain still dominated the Middle East. She directly ruled Palestine and Aden, was the kingmaker in Iran, the power behind the thrones of Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, and protected the sultan of Oman and the Gulf sheikhs. But her motives for wanting to dominate this crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa were changing. Where ‘imperial security’ – control of the route to India – had once been paramount, now oil was an increasingly important factor. So, too, was prestige. Ironically, the very end of empire made control of the Middle East precious in itself: on it hung Britain’s claim to be a great power. Unable to withstand Arab and Jewish nationalism, within a generation the British were gone. But that is not the full story. What ultimately sped Britain on her way was the uncompromising attitude of the United States, which was determined to displace the British in the Middle East.

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No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference

Author: Greta Thunberg

Publisher: Penguin Books (2019)

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen

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Non Sexist Research Methods A Practical Guide

Author: Margrit Eichler

Publisher: Routledge (1988)

In accessible and jargon-free language, Margrit Eichler provides a systematic approach to identifying, eliminating, and preventing sexist bias in social science research. She begins with a general discussion of the problems and implications of sexism in research, and then identifies four primary sources of bias: androcentricity, overgeneralization, gender insensitivity, and double standards. Three derivative sources of biassex appropriateness, familism, and sexual dichotomismare also discussed. Each chapter defines a problem and provides illustrative examples drawn from recently published work. In the concluding chapter, Eichler outlines a step-by-step approach to avoiding the introduction of sexist bias at each phase of the research process. She also provides concrete suggestions for eliminating bias in titles, language, research design, concepts, research methods, data interpretation, and policy evaluations and recommendations. The book includes a Nonsexist Research Checklist that is designed as a handy reference to be used during the research process. Nonsexist Research Methods is appropriate to both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Written specifically with students in mind, this book will prove invaluable to researchers and research methods courses in sociology, political science, economics, psychology, anthropology, and women's studies. Margrit Eichler is Professor of Sociology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is author of The Double Standard: A Feminist Critique of Feminist Social Science and Families in Canada Today: Recent Changes and Their Policy Consequences.

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North Korea Journal

Author: Michael Palin

Publisher: Hutchinson (2019)

In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin ventured into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, camera crew in tow, to gain a glimpse of life in the most notoriously secretive and cut-off nation on earth. His resulting two-part documentary for Channel 5 fascinated millions and won universal plaudits. Now he shares the journal he meticulously kept during his trip, in which he describes his experiences in a country wholly unlike any other he has ever visited: a country where you will find the Tallest Unoccupied Building in the World; where the residents of Pyongyang awake every morning to the strains of ‘Where Are You, Dear General?’, broadcast from speakers across the city; and where there are fifteen approved styles of haircut. He chronicles a journey of stark contrasts that takes in a gleamingly modern capital complete with triumphal statues and arches one day, and a countryside that has barely changed in decades on another. He travels to the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, to a centuries-old Confucian academy, and to the heart of North Korea’s exquisitely beautiful mountains and lakes. He recounts conversations with official guides, teachers, propaganda artists, farmers and soldiers in which mutual incomprehension and shared humanity are constantly intermingled. And he muses on what makes people tick under a regime that to outsiders seems so utterly alien and so grimly authoritarian. Peppered with his trademark warmth and wry humour, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.

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Parting Shots

Authors: Matthew Parris, Andrew Bryson

Publisher: Penguin (2010)

Up till 2006 a British Ambassador leaving his post was encouraged to write what was known as a valedictory despatch, to be circulated to a small number of influential people in government. This was the parting shot, an opportunity to offer a personal and frank view of the host country, the manners and morals of its people, their institutions, the state of their cooking and their drains. But it was also a chance to let rip at the Foreign Office itself and to look back on a career spent in the service of a sometimes ungrateful nation. Combining gems from the archives with more recent despatches obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Parting Shots sheds light on Britain's place in the world, revealing the curious cocktail of privilege and privation that makes up the life of an ambassador.

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Stride Towards Freedom: The Montgomery Story

Authors: Martin Luther King Jr, Clayborne Carson

Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (2011)

Martin Luther King, Jr. described Stride Toward Freedom : as the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of non-violence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth. On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rallied by the young preacher and activist Martin Luther King, Jr., the black community of Montgomery organised a historic boycott of the bus service, rising up together to protest racial segregation. This was the first large-scale, non-violent resistance of its kind in America and marked the beginning of a national Civil Rights movement based on Martin Luther King, Jr s principles. Stride Toward Freedom is the account of that pivotal turning point in American history told through Martin Luther King s own experiences and stories, chronicling his community s refusal to accept the injustices of racial discrimination.

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