Political reading list

Many people have been referring to Stephen King’s The Dead Zone in reference to Donald Trump’s campaign. What books, movies, etc. would you recommend about this upcoming election?

Some of mine:
Manchurian Candidate
Interface by Neil Stephenson


The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman. And not just because of the title.


The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Communist Manifesto
The Condition of Post Modernity by David Harvey
I must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters
The Essential Ellen Willis
On Populist Reason by Ernesto Laclau
The Wages of Whiteness by David Roediger
Manliness and Civilization by Gail Bederman
At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle McGuire
Gay New York by George Chauncey

I’m sure I could think of more, but I’m sure this will keep you busy for a while! :wink:


Two by Sinclair Lewis: Elmer Gantry and It Can’t Happen Here


Parliament of Whores by P.J. O’Rourke is the only political book by the author that’s worth reading.

Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard

The Dispossessed Majority by Wilmot Robertson of the late and unlamented Instauration magazine. Please do not purchase this book! You’d be funding intellectual misrepresentation of science by a racist demogogue. Find a free copy… if you are a white male (or know a friendly one) you can probably get a copy from the local Klan.


This is turning into an excellent list! Thanks for sharing so far, everyone!

Someone is looking at that list and muttering “cultural Marxist” under their breath.

I don’t know how I didn’t think of Baldwin. That man was the genius white liberals mistakenly thought Gore Vidal was, minus the pretention.


He certainly stared down Buckley better than Vidal ever could…

(and since @milliefink will not forgive me, here is the link to the debate itself.)


Great gif, great debate (and I certainly see nothing to forgive). That may have been the moment where, if I remember right, Buckley deployed the bizarre tactic of accusing Baldwin of trying to heighten his appeal to those Oxbridge boys by adopting a fake British accent.

As for books appropriate to this political campaign, I often rec this one. Trump is a horror for sure, but another horrible thing about him is how much his horrors make it too easy to overlook those of Clinton.



Yes. It’s scary to think about, actually, that he’s making her palatable. But the racism and sexism he’s stoking is a dangerous thing. So, I don’t know. I’m not happy about Clinton, as you know, but I also live in a state where Trump is only holding on by a razor thin margin at this point… I’ve always had the option of voting for the third party, because GA has been safely red for much of my voting life. Might not be the case anymore…


To understand the modern GOP (who are not playing the role of the party of Lincoln):

To understand the Dems:

To understand why we’re all screwed no matter who wins:


Transmetropolitan, according to @doctorow

also, Back to the Future II and Idiocracy, according to everybody in the world


More like flaccid man, hard job

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