Denver pre-Meetup Reading list
I know, we have less than two weeks so deep reading probably isn't going to happen, especially if you're a slow reader like me and read several books at the same time making finishing even slower. But what books or articles do you find indispensable or think might be relevant to where we are in this country and world? Fiction counts too, ya know--even if its just a distraction. (NOTE: Please don't construe this as a means to dictate discussion, more so as a way to get an idea of where I, and hopefully others, are coming from.)
If I had to make a reading list, I'd probably choose the following:
- Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism by John Rawls. I'm big on Rawls because I'm stuck in the crusty old Kantian world of looking for imperatives, categorical or otherwise. I think its the scientist in me.
- The Subjugation of Women by John Stewart Mill. For some reason this one strikes me as at least as significant as his On Liberty. Back then, discussing liberty and the limits of government was common in so far as it related to men, often handsomely propertied men. Women took the backseat, as usual. JS Mill was pretty brave in this one.
- The Bible and The Koran. I mention this because I've just started reading The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong, which chronicles the rise of fundamentalism in the big three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. A lot of fucked up shit is happening and its important to realize that it can be hard to keep things straight.
I can't think of a single reference for it, but I'd also recommend (as I almost always do) spending some time looking at the history of the United Farm Workers and how they had to organize because I think its quite relevant to where many of us are today.
What reading material will give the rest of us a clue as to where you approach our current situation?