I sit in front of my wall of learning. (You know, a bookshelf filled with books that one day will make a learned backdrop for my tv spots.) I have read (most of) them... but they are so specialized that they don't get to come out in heavy rotation day to day.
There are some books I have in front of me, on my desk, for me to oogle over daily. And I do. Here are two of them. The appropriately named The Politics Book and The Economics Book.
They are both by DK publishing, and cover political and economic theory. I use them frequently. When I need a quick brush up on Pinochet & Hayek... they are my saviors.
They are conscise; they are interconnected. They give theory, and then site real world application. They have great visuals. They are written in text that is accessible to students. They are FUN! (as fun as this stuff can be).
It is probably uncool for me to start off recommending a video I haven't seen yet, but too bad. I will.
One of my favorite movies to show around the time of the federal budget movie is I.O.U.S.A. You can get it on netflix, and it holds up to the stand of time. If anything, it really shows how bad things have gotten since it's release in 2007.
I.O.U.S.A. really focuses in on the federal side of our budget woes. This lovely film highlights the inequity between the classes, picking up where the teapartiers and Occupy Wallstreet left off. Except, it's an academic who is doing the talking. Which sounds great to me.
So, I am always trolling for something a little bit more... relevant. And I found it. And now I have to go to the movie theater.
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