Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation by Robert L. Tsai
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Overview: A path-breaking account of how Americans have used innovative legal measures to overcome injustice―and an indispensable guide to pursuing equality in our time.
Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide-ranging work, American University law professor Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality at all―ensuring fair play, behaving reasonably, avoiding cruelty, and protecting free speech―have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today.
Practical Equalityis an original and compelling book on the intersection of law and society. Tsai, a leading expert on constitutional law who has written widely in the popular press, traces challenges to equality throughout American history: from the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to President Trump’s ban on Muslim travelers. He applies lessons from these and other past struggles to such pressing contemporary issues as the rights of sexual minorities and the homeless, racism in the criminal justice system, police brutality, voting restrictions, oppressive measures against migrants, and more.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States by Joel Spring
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Overview: Joel Spring’s history of school polices imposed on dominated groups in the United States examines the concept of deculturalization―the use of schools to strip away family languages and cultures and replace them with those of the dominant group. The focus is on the education of dominated groups forced to become citizens in territories conquered by the U.S., including Native Americans, Enslaved Africans, Chinese, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Hawaiians.
In 7 concise, thought-provoking chapters, this analysis and documentation of how education is used to change or eliminate linguistic and cultural traditions in the U.S. looks at the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism in the United States, emphasizing the various meanings of "equality" that have existed from colonial America to the present. Providing a broader perspective for understanding the denial of cultural and linguistic rights in the United States, issues of language, culture, and deculturalization are placed in a global context.
The major change in the 8th Edition is a new chapter, "Global Corporate Culture and Separate But Equal," describing how current efforts at deculturalization involve replacing family and personal cultures with a corporate culture to increase worker efficiency. Substantive updates and revisions are made throughout all other chapters
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
We Want Equality: How the Fight for Equality Gave Way to Preference by C. Douglas Love
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Overview: Many people say that they want equality, but their actions don’t support their claim. They make demands that can only be achieved by taking from others. This is no way to achieve equality.
We Want EQUALITY, delves into the issues of inequality, discussing hard truths and explaining why human deficiencies cannot be corrected through legislation.
In the book, Love starts with a history lesson, examining past horrors and showing why human nature is an impediment to true equality. Armed with logic, Love explains why our problem is cultural, not inequality. He demonstrates how the decline of traditional values has led to pervasive nihilism and feelings of entitlement.
Next, Love deftly addresses four areas that encapsulate perceived inequality: Race, Income, Gender and Religion. The book answers important questions like: Why asking racists to fix racism gets you nowhere? Why reparations are better than affirmative action? Are the police hunting down black men? Why CEO salaries are not the problem? Why trying to ‘fix’ boys will backfire? Why the Left defends Islam?
We Want EQUALITY discusses the strong and growing role the media, entertainment, big business and politicians play in the diminution of traditional values. Love then sites numerous examples of how cultural manipulation by the Left is hurting the country. Finally, he provides steps we can take to bring the country back from the brink.
Love makes the argument for a union between liberals and conservatives against a common enemy, the Left. Liberals, he argues, should push back against the extreme arguments and behavior of the Left. Where they feel there are injustices that need to be addressed, he gives them suggestions to improve conditions without relying solely on government solutions.
For conservatives, the book is an instructional manual on how to advance conservative principles without being labeled as insensitive or a racist. It also gives examples of how to respond to leftist ideas and what to do when they try to make every conversation about Trump.
We Want Equality is the book we need for the current political climate. It is painfully honest and bound to invoke a visceral reaction in everyone who reads it. Readers will walk away with a renewed desire for clear and honest exchange of ideas. It is a call to the famed ‘silent majority’, alerting them that if they remain silent, they will no longer be the majority.
Genre: Non-Fiction » Educational
The End of Equality by Carlo Bordoni
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Overview: The economic crisis has brought social differences to the fore, reinventing the old question of inequality as democracy’s missed opportunity. Many have attempted to find a rational explanation of the problem, tracing it back to poor economic policy and reckless liberalisation of finance, or the crisis of banks and governments, as well as the collapse of family relationships. At the same time, globalisation has reduced the differences between some nations, bringing emerging countries to the level of the more advanced, but has dangerously increased internal inequalities. In this book, the author examines the question of inequality and the social problems it is creating in societies across the world, arguing that with the crisis of modernity, the ideal of equality appears to be over. As more and more of the world’s resources are concentrated in ever fewer hands, the promise of mass society as a means to grant equality and cancel the differences of classes appears to be giving way to a rising individualism. This book asks whether the apparent end of mass society will coincide with the end of equality and a re-evaluation of the worth of the individual. Are we heading towards a liquid world in which being equal is now considered less a virtue than a weakness?
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality by Alex Greenwich, Shirleene Robinson
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Overview: Yes Yes Yes, written by two advocates intimately involved in the struggle for marriage equality, reveals the untold story of how a grassroots movement won hearts and minds and transformed a country. From its tentative origins in 2004, through to a groundswell of public support, everyday people contributed so much to see marriage equality become law.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre N. McCloskey (Author), Marguerite Gavin (Narrator)
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 818 MB
Overview: There’s little doubt that most humans today are better off than their forebears. Stunningly so, the economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey argues in the concluding volume of her trilogy celebrating the oft-derided virtues of the bourgeoisie. The poorest of humanity, McCloskey shows, will soon be joining the comparative riches of Japan and Sweden and Botswana.
Why? Most economists – from Adam Smith and Karl Marx to Thomas Piketty – say the Great Enrichment since 1800 came from accumulated capital. McCloskey disagrees – fiercely. "Our riches," she argues, "were made not by piling brick on brick, bank balance on bank balance, but by piling idea on idea." Capital was necessary, but so was the presence of oxygen. It was ideas, not matter, that drove "trade-tested betterment". Nor were institutions the drivers. The World Bank orthodoxy of "add institutions and stir" doesn’t work and didn’t. McCloskey builds a powerful case for the initiating role of ideas – ideas for electric motors and free elections, of course, but more deeply the bizarre and liberal ideas of equal liberty and dignity for ordinary folk. Liberalism arose from theological and political revolutions in Northwest Europe, yielding a unique respect for betterment and its practitioners and upending ancient hierarchies. Commoners were encouraged to have a go, and the bourgeoisie took up the Bourgeois Deal, and we were all enriched.
Few economists or historians write like McCloskey – her ability to invest the facts of economic history with the urgency of a novel, or of a leading case at law, is unmatched. She summarizes modern economics and modern economic history with verve and lucidity yet sees through to the really big scientific conclusion. Not matter, but ideas. Big books don’t come any more ambitious or captivating than Bourgeois Equality.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction