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Important yet not universally agreed upon definitions …


All issues that effect the lives of citizens and require collective action.


Organization funded by the people to do for the people what the people can not do for themselves.

Representative Politics

System of voting for a person to represent the people on decisions that effect their lives, with no contractual obligation to advocate in the peoples interest after being elected.


System of production and distribution of the goods and services produced and the allocation of the surplus.


System of one person one vote on any issues that effect the lives of an informed citizenry.

Production Process

Process to determine what, where, and how to produce, how to distribute it, and how the surplus of labor value is allocated.

Labor Value

Value added to the production process from the worker of an enterprise that contributes to production of goods/services.


Economic system that divides the production process into employers and employees. The employees do the production and employers distribute and allocate the surplus.


Economic system that organizes production by removing the employer and employee hierarchy and converts the workplace into a democracy, every person has one vote to influence decisions.


Economic system that combinations capitalism, with owners owning the means of production and communism, as protections are put in place to regulate what the owner class can do to employees.


Thoughts and actions to go beyond capitalism and move in the direction of socialism with a goal of communism.


Distribution network to exchange good/service. This is where the distribution in all economic systems takes place regardless of structure of the system.

Cultural Hegemony

Domination of a culturally diverse society by the ruling class who manipulate the culture of that society.

Legitimization Crisis

When people are not given any opportunity towards life satisfaction they become vulnerable to a narrative that says “My worth is based upon my connection to the people at the top, who have divine power to rule.” 


The idea that the difference between rich and poor reflects natural differences in hard work and merit.

Permanent State

Group of military, intelligence, and enforcement leadership that is not elected or accountable to any branch of government.


Mass movement with a leadership that requires “total domination of the individual.”


One branch of government has seized power from the others.


Philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect if national life.


Independent self-determined organization of persons untied voluntarily to meet their economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

Consumer Co-op

Provide retail products and services for their customer members. Consumers can create a cooperative to provide pretty much anything they want to buy.

Purchasing Co-op

Purchase products and services in bulk to reduce or share costs for individual or organizational members. Can function as a consumer co-op owned or governed by independent businesses.

Producer Co-op

Groups of people engaged in the agricultural arena. Members may be farmers, landowners, or owners of fishing operations. Buy farm inputs, equipment, and insurance, hire workers, market, and advertise together, or operate storage or processing facilities or a distribution network.

Marketing Co-op

Build markets for members’ products and services, improve member bargaining power, facilitate delivery of products to market, and improve product quality.

Worker Co-op

Provide jobs for their members and services for their communities. These businesses are owned and managed democratically by workers.

Johnnie Tillmon Model of Activism

Take the people most directly affected by an issue give them the training and tools they need to resolve the issue and organically create self determined community leadership.

WRC Library

Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams

With Liberty and Justice for Some : How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful by Glenn Greenwald

A Tragic Legacy : How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency by Glenn Greenwald

How Would a Patriot Act? : Defending American Values from a President Run Amok by Glenn Greenwald

Does State Spying Make Us Safer? : The Munk Debate on the Surveillance State by Alan M. Dershowitz

No Place to Hide : Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U. S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

Prison Notebooks, Volume 1 by Antonio Gramsci

Letters from Prison, Volume 2 by Antonio Gramsci

Selections from the Prison Notebooks, Volume 3 by Antonio Gramsci

Imperialism : The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

Democracy Incorporated : Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin

Great American Hypocrites : Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics by Glenn Greenwald

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America : Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society by Manning Marable

The Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey

The New Imperialism by David Harvey

Rebel Cities : From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey

The Revolution of 1848-1849 : Articles from the Neue Rheinische Zeitung by Karl Marx

The Theoretical Evolution of International Political Economy : A Reader by Karl Marx

The Enigma of Capital : And the Crises of Capitalism by David Harvey

The Pursuit of Attention : Power and Ego in Everyday Life by Charles Derber

Sociopathic Society : A People’s Sociology of the United States by Charles Derber

People Before Profit : The New Globalization in an Age of Terror, Big Money, and Economic Crisis by Charles Derber

Corporation Nation : How Corporations Are Taking over Our Lives and What We Can Do by Charles Derber

Welcome to the Revolution : Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times by Charles Derber

The Disinherited Majority : Capital Questions–Piketty and Beyond by Charles Derber

Nation on the Take : How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do about It by Wendell Potter

Dunkirk, 1940 : A History by Gerard Colby

The Hidden History of the Korean War, 1950-1951 by I.F. Stone

Underground to Palestine by I.F. Stone

Blowback : America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effect on the Cold War by Christopher Simpson

The Lords of Creation (Forbidden Bookshelf) by Fredrick Lewis Allen

The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine

None of the Above : The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators by Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

None of the Above : Why Non-Voters Are America’s Political Majority by Sy Leon

A Citizen Legislatureby Michael R. Phillips

A People’s Parliament; A Citizen’s Legislature by Michael R. Phillips

Citizen Power : A People’s Platformby Mike Gravel

These Truths : A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United Statesby Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

America Before : The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilizationby Graham Hancock

The Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh

Small Is Beautiful : Economics as If People Mattered – 25 Years Later … with Commentaries by Ernst F. Schumacher

Understanding Marxism by Richard D. Wolff

America, The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges

The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One : How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S and L Industry by William K. Black

Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

War Is a Racket : The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier by Smedley D. Butler

Bullshit Jobs : A Theory by David Graeber

*From Dictatorship to Democracy : A Conceptual Framework for Liberation by Gene Sharp

*The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part 1 : Power and Struggle by Gene Sharp

The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part 2 : The Methods of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp

*The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part 3 : The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and Steve Schapiro

The Evidence of Things Not Seenby James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Another Countryby James Baldwin

Notes of a Native Sonby James Baldwin

Giovanni’s Roomby James Baldwin

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Pentagon’s Brain : An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism : The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization by Shoshana Zuboff

May Our People Triumph : Poem, Speeches and Interviews by Patrice Lumumba

Theory of Capitalist Development by Paul M. Sweezy

Summary of the Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

The Black Jacobins : Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James

Open Veins of Latin America; Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco

Democracy Incorporated : Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S Wolin

Democracy and Vision : Sheldon Wolin and the Vicissitudes of the Political

The Philadelphia Negro : A Social Study by W.E.B. DuBois

Killing the Host by Michael Hudson

Schools on Trial : How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice by Nikhil Goyal

Spanking the Donkey : Dispatches from the Dumb Season by Matt Taibbi

Griftopia : A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi

The Great Derangement : A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion by Matt Taibbi

The Great Transformation : The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Paradise – Toni Morrison

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Sacred Economics : Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein

The Fall of the House of Labor : The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925 by David Montgomery

Eugenie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac

Murky Business by Honoré de Balzac

Old Goriot (The Human Comedy) by Honoré de Balzac

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

Extracting Profit : Imperialism, Neoliberalism and the New Scramble for Africa by Lee Weingraff

The Urban Experience by David Harvey

Social Justice and the Cityby David Harvey

All the Presidents’ Bankers : The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power by Nomi Prins

Collusion : How Central Bankers Rigged the World by Nomi Prins

Capitalism’s Crisis Deepensby Richard D. Wolff

The Radical Kingby Martin Luther King Jr.

Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalismby Cornel West

Contending Economic Theories : Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxianby Richard D. Wolff

Five Dialogues : Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Meno and Phaedo by Plato

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben

The Trial of Socrates by I.F. Stone

*Taking the War Out of Our Words : The Art of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication by Sharon Strand Ellison

Deadly Spin : An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans by Wendell Potter

One Size Does Not Fit All : A Student’s Assessment of School by Nikhil Goyal

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Umbrella of U. S. Power : The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Contradictions of U. S. Policy by Noam Chomsky

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Divide : American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

Listen, Liberal : Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle by Gene Sharp

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

*Difficult Conversations : How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen, Bruce Patton

The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library Classics) by Adam Smith

Strangers in Their Own Land : Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Failed States : The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy by Noam Chomsky

Manufacturing Consent : The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky

Hegemony or Survival : America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky

American Fascists : The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges

The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf

Nickel and Dime by Gary , Soto

It Takes a Pillage : An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions by Nomi Prins

King Leopold’s Ghost : A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

Bury the chains by Adam Hochschild

Crossing the Rubicon : The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism by Cornel West

War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges

Confronting Collapse : The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World by Michael C. Ruppert

Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Capital Series Volume 1, 2, 3 by Karl Marx

What’s the Matter with Kansas? : How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

Capitalism Hits the Fan : The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do about It by Richard D. Wolff

Bringing It All Back Home : Class, Gender, and Power in the Modern Household by Harriet Fraad

Occupy the Economy : Challenging Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff

Democracy at Work : A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff

Adults in the Room : My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis

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Cooperative Resources

Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) |

NASCO Resources |

Democracy at Work Network (DAWN) |

Own The Change Mini-Documentary |

Democracy at Work for Economic Justice|

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) |

Cooperation For Liberation Study & Working Group Forum Toolkit |

Study Guide to the Cooperative Movement |

International Co-operative Alliance

1. Open and Voluntary Membership

2. Democratic Member Control

3. Members’ Economic Participation

4. Autonomy and Independence

5. Education, Training, and Information

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

7. Concern for Community

Mao Tse-tung

The Three Main Rules of Discipline

(1) Obey orders in all your actions.

(2) Don’t take a single needle or piece of thread from the masses.

(3) Turn in everything captured.

The Eight Points for Attention

(1) Speak politely.

(2) Pay fairly for what you buy.

(3) Return everything you borrow.

(4) Pay for anything you damage.

(5) Don’t hit or swear at people.

(6) Don’t damage crops.

(7) Don’t take liberties with women.

(8) Don’t ill-treat captives.

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