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We need credible alternatives to libertarian and conservative propaganda.


Academic Resources (2 links)
Periodically, libertarians claim many criticisms are not of good quality. While there is no guarantee of quality (nor perfection) for academic publications, they do at least tend to be better documented and better argued.
ALEC Exposed [More...]
The Center For Media And Democracy's wiki on the enormous and corrupt reach of the American Legislative Exchange Council into our democratic governments. How ALEC is reshaping the law and democracy for the benefit of the wealthy. Who funds, controls, and works for ALEC.
Books used as sources during the writing of Economix [More...]
An excellent reading list for understanding how politics and economics interact. From the graphic-novel style Economix.
Budgeting and Macro Policy: A Primer [More...]
Brad DeLong's clear overview of macroeconomics applied to budgeting and policy. Explains what's well understood and what's not well understood. Debunks a few myths. Explains short run vs. medium run vs. long run issues. Short, readable and relevant!
Center for Economic and Policy Research [More...]
A sane think-tank that does not start with the Koch brother's right-wing/libertarian alternative-universe framing. Balanced progressive examination of issues, often based on original research.
Dani Rodrik (10 links)
Dani Rodrik is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Previously he was the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in international economics and globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy.
David Brin (14 links)
A renowned SF author, physicist and futurist, Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He has written a great deal on how libertarians need to face historical realities of societies and give up on some of their ideology.
David Cay Johnston (5 links)
David Cay Johnston takes a consumerist view of the interplay between consumers, business and government, pointing out where and why consumers get a raw deal when business controls government.
Economic Policy Institute [More...] (1 link)
A labor-supported think-tank that plays an important role because of its meticulous data gathering and analysis.
Elinor Ostrom (12 links)
Won a Nobel Prize (in economics) for groundbreaking work in institutional analysis of the real-world governance of commons. Not a libertarian nor a Hayekian.
Federal Reserve Economics Data (FRED Database) [More...]
Vast amounts of historical and current economic data, with tools to construct your own graphs.
Freedom House (2 links)
"Freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed."
Freedom in the World [More...]
A respectable, non-libertarian index of freedom, and a good alternative to libertarian, neoliberal and corporatist indexes. Produced by Freedom House. Based on 10 political rights questions and 15 civil liberties questions.
Harvard Injury Control Research Center [More...]
A great resource on the public health viewpoint for reducing injury. The Firearms Research section has pointers to a great many recent resources and debunks much propaganda.
Joseph Stiglitz (10 links)
A Nobel prizewinner in economics whose work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade.
Karl Polanyi (4 links)
Karl Polanyi's critique of Ludwig von Mises and Market Fundamentalism in 1934 still outlines the great fallacies and propaganda that have been foisted on us.
Matt Bruenig (64 links)
A prolific and philosophically astute policy analyst who has founded the People’s Policy Project. Formerly a contributor at Demos, a public policy organization.
Mythopedia [More...]
The Dictionary of Conservative Lies. A project of Media Matters for America.
Noam Chomsky (11 links)
An important enemy of the right wing, who have long denounced him with the persistence of Scientologists. Chomsky provides important viewpoints that are suppressed in the media.
Paul Krugman (61 links)
A Nobel prizewinner in economics whose NY Times columns and blog entries have been spot on for more than a decade.
People’s Policy Project [More...]
People’s Policy Project (3P) is a think tank founded in 2017 by Matt Bruenig. The primary mission of 3P is to publish ideas and analysis that assist in the development of an economic system that serves the many, not the few. Funded through Patreon, to avoid the compromises typically demanded by monied interests.
Political Research Associates [More...]
"Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights."
PolluterWatch [More...]
"PolluterWatch is a project of Greenpeace that holds polluters accountable for the work they’re doing to block the transition from the dirty fossil fuels of the past to the clean energy sources of the future."
PRWatch [More...]
"Original reporting, investigations, and analysis on corporate policies, products, and PR spin." One of the Center for Media and Democracy projects.
RationalWiki [More...] (32 links)
A quick way to check out the basics of libertarian people, propaganda and ideology. An alternative to the strong libertarian slant of many Wikipedia articles on economics, philosophy and politics.
SourceWatch [More...]
SourceWatch profiles the activities of front groups, PR spinners, industry-friendly experts, industry-funded organizations, and think tanks trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of corporations or government. One of the Center for Media and Democracy projects.
The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (book, online) (1 link)
Explains the socially constructed nature of "free markets", as opposed to "spontaneous order". A major work of economic history.
Which (macro)-economists are worth listening to? [More...]
"[...] policymakers and the public should listen to economists who fulfill two critera: first, they have made empirically testable predictions [...] that have proved, by and large, to be broadly consistent with the data; and second, they base those predictions on an analytic framework (not necessarily a formal model) that is persuasive." He names names.


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