TOOLS OF REVOLUTION
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.
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.
Process to determine what, where, and how to produce, how to distribute it, and how the surplus of labor value is allocated.
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.
Domination of a culturally diverse society by the ruling class who manipulate the culture of that society.
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.
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.
Provide retail products and services for their customer members. Consumers can create a cooperative to provide pretty much anything they want to buy.
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.
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.
Build markets for members’ products and services, improve member bargaining power, facilitate delivery of products to market, and improve product quality.
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.
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
*WRC requires the reading of any 2 these 6 months after become a worker member.
Some Circles require or request reading of certain books.
We seek to make as many of these freely available through our Mobile Libraries.
Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) | institute.coop/startup
NASCO Resources | https://www.nasco.coop/resources
Democracy at Work Network (DAWN) | www.dawn.coop
Own The Change Mini-Documentary | www.toolboxfored.org/project/own-the-change
Democracy at Work for Economic Justice| https://www.democracyatwork.info
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) | usworker.coop
Cooperation For Liberation Study & Working Group Forum Toolkit | https://kolanutcollab.org/portfolio-item/coop4lib/
Study Guide to the Cooperative Movement | http://www.toolboxfored.org/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
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.