Dystopia: Educational Resources
Analysis of Capitalism

http://www.marxists.org/ contains a comprehensive list of resources related to Marx and Marxism


Books and Articles:

Immanual Wallerstein was the progenitor of world systems theory with his ground breaking three volumes: The Modern World-System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century, (1976); The Modern World System II: Mercantilism and the Consolidation of the European World-Economy, 1600-1750, (1980) The Modern World System III: The Second Era of Great Expansion of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1730-1840s, (1988), all published by Academic Press: New York.

The important  essay ‘The Development of Underdevelopment’ in The Monthly Review (September, 1969) and the book Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America (1969) both by Andre GunderFrank were also seminal pieces of work, explaining the relationships of exploitation between countries and regions, particularly the Americas.

The Underdevelopment of Development: Essays in Honor of Andre Gunder Frank, Sing Chew and Robert Denemark(eds.) (1996) Sage: London.


Cultural Logic: An Electronic Journal of Marxist Theory and Practice   http://clogic.eserver.org/

Historical Materialism

International Socialism

The Journal of World Systems Research


The Corporation (2003) written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott.

The Global Assembly Line, (1986) directed by Loraine Gray.


The Crisis Today David Harvey

Peak Oil


Richard Heinberg (2002) The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies.

______________ (2004) Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post- Carbon World.

James Howard Kunstler  (2005) The Long Emergency.

Matthew R. Simmons, (2005) Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy.

Think Tanks:

Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas http://www.peakoil.net 
The Post Carbon Institute http://www.postcarbon.org/


R.L. Hirsch, R. Bezdek and R. Wendling (2005) Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation & Risk Management,  Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Project Report commissioned by the US government.


The End of Suburbia:  Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004) directed by Gregory Greene.

Crude Impact (2006) directed by James Jandak Wood.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006) written and directed by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack

Conflict and War




Military Spending:

Anun Shah (2010) "World Military Spending" Global Issues http://www.globalissues.org/article/75/world-military-spending


Military Planning for the Future:

Rebuilding America's Defenses: strategy, forces and resources for a new century, Project for the New American Century. http//www.newamericancentury.org/RethinkingAmericasDefenses.pdf

Matt Carr (2010)  'Slouching Towards Dystopia:  The New Military Futurism', Race & Class, Volume 51.


Arab/Israeli Conflict:

Helena Lindholm (1995),"Water and the Arab-Israeli Conflict" in Hydropolitics : conflicts over water as a development constraint  Leif Ohlsson (ed.).





Nuclear War:

The Consequences of Nuclear Conflict between India and Pakistan.  http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/southasia.asp 

Carl Sagan "The Nuclear Winter" http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/sagan_nuclear_winter.html



A number of excellent books have been written that detail the Rwandan genocide and the history leading up to it. See, for example:

Romeo Dallaire  (2003), Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda,   Avalon: New York.

MahmoodMamdanie (2002) When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda, Princeton University Press.

Philip Gourevitch (1998), We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Picador: New York.

Gerard Prunier (1995) The Rwanda Crisis, Columbia University Press.

Health and Disease


Institute of Medicine, S.C. Oates et al. (eds.), Malaria: Obstacles and Opportunities, National Academic Press: Washington, 1991.

Paul Farmer (2001) Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plague, University of California Press: Berkeley.

Laurie Garrett (1995) The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Penguin (2001) Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, Hyperion.

UNAIDS (2007) The World Health Report 2007: A Safer Future: Global Public Health Security in the 21st Century.



World Health Report 2002, World Health Organization.

WHO Report 2005, Responding to the Avian Influenza Pandemic Threat: Recommended  Strategic Actions, World Health Organization.


World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control

UNAIDS http://www.unaids.org/en/default.asp
Poverty and Inequality


Mike Davis (2006) Planet of Slums, Verso.

Yolanda Rivera (2006), UICIFD Briefing No. 1: Debt Forgiveness, The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development. http://www.uiowa.edu/ifdebook/briefings/docs/forgiveness.shtml

Paul Farmer, (2001) Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plague, University of California Press: Berkeley.

David Held and Ayse Kayaeds. (2007) Global Inequality: Patterns and Explanations, Polity.



Jens Martens, A Compendium of Inequality, The Human Development

Report 2005 Global Policy Forum (briefing papers),
1999 World Wealth Distribution – United Nations Development Program. http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/wealth_distribution1999.html.
Forbes Magazine, 400 Richest Americans List. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/54/biz_06rich400_The-400-Richest-Americans_land.html

Maria Lucia Fattorelli Carneiro (2006), “Foreign Debt and Human Rights Violations in Brazil,” Rede Social de Justica e Direitos Humanoshttp://www.social.org.br/relatorioingles2006/relatorio029.htm

Wear, Avery (2002) “Class & Poverty in the Maquila Zone,” International Socialist Review, May-June.

"Compendium of Inequality", The Human Development Report 2005, Global Policy Forum (briefing papers).                                



Resource Collections Website:

Explorations in Inequality http://www.trinity.edu/~mkearl/strat.html
Environmental Problems


Marq de Villiers, (2003) Water, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto.

Vandana Shiva (2002) Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and ProfitSouthend Press, Cambridge, MA.

Leif Ohlsson (ed.) (1995) Hydropolitics : conflicts over water as a development constraint.

Jo Anne  Van Tilburg (1995)  Easter Island, Archaeology, Ecology and Culture, Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, D.C. 

Clive, Ponting (1991) A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations, Penguin: New York.

Jared Diamond (2005) Collapse: How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Penguin: New York.

Michael Harris (1998) Lament for an Ocean: The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery, a True Crime Story. McLelland & Stewart: Toronto.


IPCC, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers.

(2003) US Fire Administration, Firefighter Arson Special Report, January http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

(1998) “Tropical Deforestation,” The Earth Science Enterprise Series,National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The Scientific Assessment of Ozone, US Department of Commerce Chemical Sciences Division.



National Science Foundation, Hurricanes Growing More Fierce Over Past 30 Years, Press Release 05-128 July 31, 2005.  http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=104325

Garry Potter (2009) "New Orleans And Katrina Past Prediction, Future Dystopia", Swans Commentary. http://www.swans.com/library/art15/potter01.html

Merlin Flower (2010) "Gulf Oil Spill: The aftermath" Oil-Price.Net. http://www.oil-price.net/en/articles/gulf-oil-spill-the-aftermath.php



Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Union of Concerned Scientists  http://www.ucsusa.org

Earth Watch  http://www.earthwatch.org/

Environmental News Network  http://www.enn.com/

Greenpeace International  http://www.greenpeace.org/international/



http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Andes/4996/env-news.htm#Salinity Depletion: 2002.



Chemosphere - Global Change Science, Elsevier Science

The Earth Science Enterprise Series, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Global Environmental Change, Elsevier Science.

Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer.

Environmental Sciences, Taylor and Francis Group.

Global Environmental Politics, MIT Press.

Weather and Forecasting, American Meteorological Society.

Ideology and Structural Mystification

Books and Articles:

Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, Reproduction: in Education, Society and Culture [1977] (2000), Sage: London.

Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman (1988) Manufacturing ConsentA Propaganda Model,  Pantheon.

"The Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model Twenty Years On" Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 6(2), 2009.

Jorge Larrain (1983) Marxism and Ideology,  Palgrave Macmillan

Terry Eagleton ( 2007) Ideology: An Introduction, Verso

Paolo Freire (2002) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, New York: Continuum.

Michele Foucault (1995) Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Vintage.

Garry Potter (1999) The Bet: Truth in Science, Literature and Everyday Knowledges, Ashgate.

(2010) "Power and Knowledge: A Dialectical Contradiction" Journal of Critical  Realism Volume 9.2.

John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton (2002) Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry, Common Courage Press.



Media Education Foundation

Center for Media and Democracy PR Watch http://www.prwatch.org/

Child Labour, Soldiering and Prostitution

Reports and Websites:

Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. http://www.unhchr.ch/children/hiv.htm

 “You’ll Learn Not To Cry”: Child Combatants in Colombia, Human Rights Watch.  http://www.hrw.org

“Street Children in Brazil,” http://www.answers.com/topic/street-children

A Load Too Heavy: Children in Mining and Quarrying
International Labor Office. http://www.ilo.org/public/english/b ... u/inf/download/child/childmining.pdf

Every Child Counts: New Global Estimates on Child Labor,
International Labor Organization,Statistical Information and Monitoring Program on Child Labor.



Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.unhchr

Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org

International Labor Office http://www.ilo.org

United Nations Children's Education Fund http://www.unicef.org
Struggle for Change







Boycott Campaigns:





directories of socialist organizations:




National Liberation Movements and Third World Solidarity Links:




David Suzuki and Holly Dressel (2002), Good News for a Change: How Everyday People Are Helping the Planet, Greystone Books: Vancouver.

Chriss, Carlsson, (2008) Nowtopia, How Pirate programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today, AK Press; Oakland, California.

Philip McMichael (2009) Contesting Development: Critical Struggles for Social Change, Routledge.

Randall Amster et al. eds. (2009) Contemporary Anarchist Studies, Routledge.


(1999) The Yes Men, Paramount.

(2009) The Yes Men Fix the World.

(2004) The Take by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, Klein Lewis Productions.

(2009) Capitalism, A Love Story. by Michael Moore, Overture Films and Paramount Vantage.

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