Here are some references that we found useful. Note that some are annotated. They are organized by the delusions discussed on the website. This not a static bibliography. Date of last revision is listed for each. The references shown here do not necessarily reflect all of the references used in research for the various postings and other notes here.


  • Free Market (Neoliberal) Ideology
  • US Economy – structure and results
  • Education
  • Empire
  • Family
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Inequality
  • Justice, Police and Incarceration
  • Political System
  • Racism
  • Security State

Free Market (Neoliberal) Ideology and US Economy

updated 08/11/2017

  • Achbar, Mark, and Jennifer Abbott. 2003. Corporation 10th Anniversary.
  • Akerlof, George A., and Robert J. Shiller. 2015. Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Bakan, Joel. Childhood under Siege: How Big Business Ruthlessly Targets Children. London: Bodley Head, 2011.
  • ———. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. New York: Free Press, 2004.
  • Baptist, Edward E. 2014. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Null edition. New York: Basic Books.
  • Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. First Edition edition. New York: Knopf, 2014.
  • Block, Fred L., and Matthew R. Keller. State of Innovation: The U.S. Government’s Role in Technology Development. Boulder, CO: Routledge, 2011.
  • Block, Fred, and Margaret R. Somers. The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • Block, Walter. 2014. “The Privatization of Roads and Highways.” Text. Mises Institute. August 18.
  • Bookstaber, Richard. A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation. Wiley, 2008.
  • Bruenig, Matt. “How Much Money Would It Take to Eliminate Poverty In America?” The American Prospect, September 24, 2013.
  • Chang, Ha-Joon. 2008. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press.
  • ———. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2011.
  • Cohen, Patricia. “Working, but Needing Public Assistance Anyway – The New York Times.” New York Times. Accessed August 20, 2016.
  • Cowen, Tyler. The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better: A Penguin eSpecial from Dutton. Dutton, 2011.
  • Crouch, Colin. The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2011.
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001.
  • Evans, Peter. 1995. Embedded Autonomy. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
  • Ferguson, Niall. 2008. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. 1st ed. Penguin Press HC, The.
  • Field, Robert I. 2014. Mother of Invention: How the Government Created “Free-Market” Health Care. OUP USA.
  • Forbes, Steve, and Elizabeth Ames. How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2009.
  • Fox, Justin. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. Reprint edition. New York: HarperBusiness, 2011.
  • Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition. 40 Anv edition. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Gintis, Herbert, Rakesh Khurana Herbert Gintis holds faculty positions at the Santa Fe Institute, Central European University, and the University of Siena Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. “How Neoclassical Economics Corrupted Business Schools, Corporations, and the Economy.” Evonomics, July 14, 2016.
  • Gleick, Peter. 2016. “Bottled Water Sales: The Shocking Reality.” Significant Figures by Peter Gleick. Accessed February 27.
  • Gleick, Peter H. 2010. Bottled and sold: the story behind our obsession with bottled water. Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • Gordon, Robert J. The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.
  • Hayek, Friedrich A. von. The Road to Serfdom. G. Routledge, London, 1944.
  • Heilbroner, Robert L. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
  • Kindleberger, Charles P., and Robert Aliber. Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises. 5th ed. Wiley, 2005.
  • Koch, Charles. “Charles Koch: ‘We Are Doling Out Welfare for the Wealthy’ | TIME.” Time, November 15, 2015.
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. “Our Automated Future: How Long Will It Be before You Lose Your Job to a Robot?” The New Yorker. Accessed December 19, 2016.
  • Konczal, Mike, and Nell Abernathy. “Defining Financialization.” Roosevelt Institute, July 27, 2015.
  • Korten, David C. When Corporations Rule the World, 2015.
  • Kuttner, Robert. “Karl Polanyi Explains It All.” Accessed June 20, 2016.
  • LastWeekTonight. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO). Accessed June 20, 2016.
  • Linklater, Andro. Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership. Reprint edition. Bloomsbury USA, 2015
  • Abernathy, Nell, Mike Konczal, and Kathryn Milani. “Untamed: How to Check Corporate Financial and Monopoly Power.” Accessed September 20, 2016. /open-markets/policy-papers/untamed-how-check-corporate-financial-and-monopoly-power/
  • Lydon, Christopher. “Open Source : Neoliberalism and Postcapitalism – Tom Frank; Paul Mason, et Al.” Open Source with Christopher Lydon. Accessed August 21, 2016.
  • Mazzucato, Mariana. The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. Revised edition. New York, NY: PublicAffairs, 2015.
  • Mishel, Lawrence, and Alyssa Davis. “Top CEOs Make 300 Times More than Typical Workers: Pay Growth Surpasses Stock Gains and Wage Growth of Top 0.1 Percent.” Economic Policy Institute. Accessed November 9, 2016.
  • Orton, Mark. “Flash Boys Doesn’t Ask the Important Question.” Current Matters, April 7, 2014.
  • Packard, Vance, and Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress). The Hidden Persuaders. New York: D. McKay Co., 1957.
  • Piketty, Thomas, and Arthur Goldhammer. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 201AD.
  • Pinsker, Joe. “America Is Even Less Socially Mobile Than Most Economists Thought.” The Atlantic, July 23, 2015.
  • Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. 2 edition. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001.
  • Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged, 2016.
  • Rand, Ayn, Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Reissue edition. Signet, 1986.
  • Read, Leonard. I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read. Foundation for Economic Education, 2010.
  • Rodrik, Dani. Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science, 2015.
  • Rose, John David. Rescuing Capitalism from Corporatism. AuthorHouse, 2005.
  • Saez, William, and Gabriel Zucman. “Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913.” October 2014.
  • Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008.
  • ———. The Theory of Economic Development: An Inquiry into Profits, Capital, Credit, Interest, and the Business Cycle. Transaction Publishers, 1982.
  • Scott, Bruce. 2008. “The Political Economy of Capitalism.” Harvard Business School Working Papers 07-37.
  • Shaikh, Anwar. Globalization and the Myths of Free Trade: History, Theory and Empirical Evidence. Reprint edition. Routledge, 2013.
  • Shiller, Robert J. Irrational Exuberance. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.
  • Shiller, Robert J. “Open Yale Courses | Financial Markets (2011).” March 6, 2012.
  • Stiglitz, Joseph E. Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy. Reprint edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.
  • Stiglitz, Joseph E. Globalization and Its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.
  • Stossel, John. “The Free Market Is the Best Antidote to Poverty.”, October 8, 2014.
  • Streeck, Wolfgang. How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System, 2016.
  • Tanenhaus, Sam. “Rise of the Reactionary: Who Really Thought up Modern Conservatism?” The New Yorker. Accessed November 9, 2016.
  • Temin, Peter, and David Vines. The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It, 2013.
  • Thaler, Richard H. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. 1 edition. W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
  • Trentmann, Frank. Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First, 2017.
  • Tyson, Laura, and Anu Madgavkar. “The Great Income Stagnation | McKinsey & Company.” Accessed March 8, 2017.
  • Veblen, Thorstein. The Theory of the Leisure Class. Champaign, Ill.: Project Gutenberg.
  • Wallerstein, Immanuel Maurice. Does Capitalism Have a Future?, 2013.
  • ———. The Modern World-System. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
  • Wright, Erik Olin. Envisioning Real Utopias. London, [etc.: Verso, 2010.
  • Zucman, Gabriel, Teresa Lavender Fagan, and Thomas Piketty. The hidden wealth of nations: the scourge of tax havens, 2015.

US Economy





updated 07272017

  • Anderson, Perry. American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers. S.l.: Verso, 2017.
  • Bacevich, Andrew J. Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. Reprint edition. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2011.
  • Beauchamp, Scott. “America Doesn’t Need to Lead the Free World.” The Atlantic, November 14, 2014.
  • Chomsky, Noam. Because We Say so, 2015.
  • Cumings, Bruce. Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History, Updated Edition. Updated. W. W. Norton, 2005.
  • ———. The Korean War: A History. Modern Library, 2010.
  • Danner, Mark. Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, 2016.
  • Engelhardt, Tom, and Glenn Greenwald. Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Chicago: Haymarket, 2014.
  • Gerdau, Axel. “Think Back: The Military Budget.” The New York Times, January 14, 2014.
  • Gold, Daniel M. “Review: Noam Chomsky Focuses on Financial Inequality in ‘Requiem for the American Dream.’” The New York Times, January 28, 2016.
  • Grandin, Greg. Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006.
  • Herman, Edward S, and Noam Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. New York: Pantheon Books, 1988.
  • Hossein-zadeh, Ismael. The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  • Johnson, Chalmers. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004.
  • Johnson, Heather Beth. The American Dream and the Power of Wealth: Choosing Schools and Inheriting Inequality in the Land of Opportunity. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Kagan, Robert, and Rogers D. Spotswood Collection. Dangerous Nation. New York: Knopf, 2006.
  • Kinzer, Stephen. Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. Reprint edition. New York: Times Books, 2007.
  • Lewis, Bernard. What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • “Military Maps | Mother Jones.” Accessed September 16, 2016.
  • Mirrlees. “Global Capitalism and America’s Culture of Empire.” Global Research. Accessed September 19, 2016.
  • Ricks, Thomas E. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
  • Smith, Yves. “Garrisoning the Globe, How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All.” Naked Capitalism, September 14, 2015.
  • Swanson, David. “Noam Chomsky Wants You to Wake Up From the American Dream.” AlterNet, February 27, 2016.
  • “Ten Years After the Invasion of Iraq | Watson Institute.” Accessed December 20, 2016.
  • Vine, David. Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, 2015.
  • Zinn, Howard, Mike Konopacki, and Paul Buhle. A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008.




updated 07272017

  • Auraaen, Ane, Rie Fujisawa, Grégoire de Lagasnerie, and Valérie Paris. “How OECD Health Systems Define the Range of Good and Services to Be Financed Collectively,” November 3, 2016. doi:10.1787/5jlnb59ll80x-en.
  • Brill, Steven. America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System. 1 edition. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2015.
  • Chetty R, Stepner M, Abraham S, and et al. “THe Association between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014.” JAMA 315, no. 16 (April 26, 2016): 1750–66. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4226.
  • Egen, Olivia, Kate Beatty, David J. Blackley, Katie Brown, and Randy Wykoff. “Health and Social Conditions of the Poorest Versus Wealthiest Counties in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health, November 17, 2016, e1–6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303515.
  • Field, Robert I. Mother of Invention: How the Government Created “Free-Market” Health Care. OUP USA, 2014.
  • Fujisawa, Rie, and Gaetan Lafortune. “The Remuneration of General Practitioners and Specialists in 14 OECD Countries,” December 18, 2008. doi:10.1787/228632341330.
  • Koechlin, Francette, Luca Lorenzoni, and Paul Schreyer. “Comparing Price Levels of Hospital Services Across Countries,” July 8, 2010. doi:10.1787/5km91p4f3rzw-en.
  • Lazonick, William, Matt Hopkins, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Mustafa Sakinc, and Oner Tulum. “US Pharma’s Financialized Business Model.” Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Papers, no. No. 60 (July 13, 2107): 28.
  • Leary, Warren E. “U.S. Gives Up Right to Control Drug Prices.” The New York Times, April 12, 1995.
  • McPherson, Klim, Giorgia Gon, and Maggie Scott. “International Variations in a Selected Number of Surgical Procedures,” March 25, 2013. doi:10.1787/5k49h4p5g9mw-en.
  • “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally.” Accessed February 23, 2016.
  • Rosenthal, Elisabeth. An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, 2017.
  • Savedoff, William D., David de Ferranti, Amy L. Smith, and Victoria Fan. “Political and Economic Aspects of the Transition to Universal Health Coverage.” Lancet (London, England) 380, no. 9845 (September 8, 2012): 924–32. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61083-6.
  • Specter, Michael. “Life-Expectancy Inequality Grows in America.” The New Yorker, April 16, 2016.
  • Tavernise, Sabrina. “Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing.” The New York Times, February 12, 2016.
  • “U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective.” Accessed May 12, 2016.
  • Vladeck, Bruce C. “Paradigm Lost: Provider Concentration And The Failure Of Market Theory.” Health Affairs 33, no. 6 (June 1, 2014): 1083–87. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0336.




update 8/11/2017

  • Leonhardt, David. 2014. “Upward Mobility Has Not Declined, Study Says.” The New York Times, January 23.
  • Pinsker, Joe. “America Is Even Less Socially Mobile Than Most Economists Thought.” The Atlantic, July 23, 2015.

Justice, Police and Incarceration


Political System



updated 07272017

  • Aronson, Marc. Race: A History beyond Black and White. New York: Ginee Seo Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.
  • Baldwin, James. Collected Essays. New York: Library of America, 1998.
  • ———. The Fire next Time. New York: The Dial Press, 1963.
  • Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Null edition. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
  • Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. First Edition edition. New York: Knopf, 2014.
  • Beckert, Sven, and Seth Rockman. Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development, 2016.
  • Birnbaum, Howard, and Rafael Weston. Home Ownership and the Wealth Position of Black and White Americans,. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1972.
  • Bittker, Boris I. The Case for Black Reparations. New York: Random House, 1973.
  • Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II. New York: Doubleday, 2008.
  • Capps, Kriston. “How the Federal Government Built White Suburbia.” CityLab. Accessed September 14, 2016.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me, 2015.
  • ———. “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic, June 2014.
  • Darity, William A, and Samuel L Myers. Persistent Disparity: Race and Economic Inequality in the United States since 1945. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: E. Elgar Pub., 1998.
  • Douglas-Bowers, Devon. “Slavery By Another Name: The Convict Lease System I The Hampton Institute,” October 30, 2013.
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. Du. The Negro, n.d.
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  • Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Vintage International, 1995.
  • Films Media Group. Moyers & Company: The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part 1, 2014.
  • ———. Moyers & Company: The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part 2, 2014.
  • Foner, Eric. A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.
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  • Gordon Nembhard, Jessica, and Ngina Chiteji. Wealth Accumulation & Communities of Color in the United States: Current Issues. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
  • Holloway, Jonathan. “Open Yale Courses | African American History: From Emancipation to the Present.” February 29, 2012.
  • ———. “Syllabus: Open Yale Courses | African American History: From Emancipation to the Present,” February 29, 2012.
  • Ira Katznelson. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. New York; London: W.W. Norton, 2006.
  • Madrigal, Alexis C. “The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood.” The Atlantic, May 22, 2014.
  • Mathews, David. “This 1956 Guidebook for Black Travelers Is an Importan Reminder of America’s Racist Past.” Fusion. Accessed September 14, 2016.
  • Rainwater, Lee, and William L Yancey. The Moynihan Report and the Politics of Controversy; a Trans-Action Social Science and Public Policy Report. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1967.
  • Rankine. “Open Letter: A Dialogue on Race and Poetry.” Text. Open Letter: A Dialogue on Race and Poetry | Academy of American Poets, February 4, 2014.
  • Rothstein. “Modern Segregation.” Economic Policy Institute, March 6, 2014.
  • Rothstein, Richard. Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.
  • ———. “From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation.” Economic Policy Institute. Accessed September 14, 2016.
  • ———. “Presentation: Richard Rothstein.”, March 6, 2014.
  • Smith, Clint. How to Raise a Black Son in America. Accessed September 14, 2016.
  • Wallis, Jim. America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, 2016.
  • Wilder, Craig Steven. Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, 2013.
  • Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 2010.
  • X, Malcolm. Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements. Edited by George Breitman. Reprint edition. New York: Grove Press, 1994.

Security State



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