Books and Multimedia Resources

Books

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Joel Bakan

Bakan believes that corporate rule must be challenged to bring balance and revive the values of democracy, social justice, equality and compassion.

Poverty in America
John Iceland

Iceland combines the latest statistical information, historical data and social scientific theory to provide a comprehensive picture of poverty in America – a picture that shows how poverty is measured and understood and how this has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality.

When Corporations Rule the World
David Korten

In his new edition of When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten updates the reader about the deepening human crisis of the global economy; the new global citizens’ movement of activism in response to corporate globalization; and the efforts of civil society groups to restructure global economic governance.

Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril
Sallie McFague

The book explains the current neo-classical economic system and an alternative planetary one seen through a theological lens.

The End of Poverty: The Economic Possibilities of Our Time
Jeffery Sachs
As director of ColumbiaUniversity’s Earth Institute, Jeffrey Sachs has made news with a plan to end global “extreme poverty” – which, he says, kills 20,000 people a day – within 20 years. This is Sachs’s first systematic exposition of it for a general audience, and it is a landmark book, combining his practical experience with sharp professional analysis and clear exposition.

DVDs

The Corporation
Big Picture Media Corporation, 2005

In the 19th-century, courts changed the definition of corporations from get-the-job-done mechanisms to persons under the 14th Amendment, with full civil rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Corporation performs a running psychoanalysis of the corporation with the characteristics of a psychopath and portrays the unpredicted application of patent law through an endlessly receding tracking shot in an infinite patents archive.

The Economics of Happiness
International Society for Ecology and Culture, 2011

This documentary features communities around the world that are coming together to rebuild more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price
Brave New Films, 2005

Viewers see beyond Wal-Mart’s television ads and into the real lives of the workers, business owners and communities affected by the big-box retailer.

Wall Street
20th Century Fox, 1987

Wall Street grabs viewers’ attention while questioning the corrupt values of a system that worships profit at the cost of one’s soul.

Inside Job
Sony Pictures Classics (2010)

A comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008 that, at a cost of more than $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.