Issue 8 – August 2011

Current Affairs Essay
Passive Resistance Doesn't Work on Corporate Fascism  By John F. Miglio
Featured Books
The Road  By Cormac McCarthy
Last Words: A Memoir  By George Carlin with Tony Hendra
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Recommended Reads
The Small Business Guide (U.S Edition 2011)  By Owen O. Daniels
Master Self-Publishing  By Owen O. Daniels
The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria  By Scott D. Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Super Life Secret Codes  By Great Sun
Pain Pill Addiction: A Prescription for Hope  By Jana Burson M.D.
The Employee Rights Handbook  By Steven Mitchell Sack
Bouncing Back From Loss  By Donna Marie Thompson Ph.D
Mockery  By Philip Kraske
A Pointed Death  By Kath Russell
Everything I Never Wanted To Be  By Dina Kucera
Enough for Us All  By Dorothy I. Riddle
Frozen in Time  By Theodore Jerome Cohen
Journey to Terra Incognita  By Gerald Shingleton
Goodnight, Brian  By Steven Manchester
The Mine  By Daniel R. Cobb
The Friday Night Club  By Jacob Nelson Lurie
The Entrepreneur Guide U.S. 2010 Edition  By Owen O. Daniels
Golden's Rule  By C. E. Edmonson
A World Away: The Quest of Dan Clay  By T.J. Smith
The Harrowing Escape: The Quest of Dan Clay (Book II)  By T.J. Smith
Winter  By Maneesh Sharma
Soul's Infarct  By Diamela Eltit & Paz Errazuriz
A Worthy Legacy  By Tomi Akinyanmi
Dangerous Liaisons  By Michael D'Ambrosio
Shroud of Beckoning  By Deb Woody
Shadows and Not  By Sara Brown
America's Suicidal Statecraft  By James Cumes
The Handkerchief  By Julian Stark
The End of the 19th Century  By Eric Larsen
Up Close: A Mother's View  By Fiona Yaron-Field
Secrets Revealed  By Sheshena Pledger
A Case of Wild Justice  By Yvonne Jerrold

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,” click here.

 

The Small Business
Guide (U.S Edition 2011)

By Owen O. Daniels

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive reference resource book for entrepreneurs who want to start up and run a small business.

Master Self-Publishing
By Owen O. Daniels

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Excellent reference resource for anyone who wants to self-publish his or her own books.

The Great Singapore Penis
Panic and the Future of
American Mass Hysteria

By Scott D. Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D.

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Amazing study of a 1967 Singapore epidemic regarding male genitalia and how it relates to future mass hysteria in the United States.

Super Life Secret Codes
By Great Sun

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Illuminating discussion of life’s hardships and how to overcome them with love and gratitude.

Pain Pill Addiction: A
Prescription for Hope

By Jana Burson M.D.

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Penetrating examination of drugs, drug abuse, and the most successful methods for treatment and recovery.

The Employee Rights
Handbook

By Steven Mitchell Sack

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive and practical handbook written in layman’s language on the legal strategies employees can use to protect themselves in the workplace.

Bouncing Back From Loss
By Donna Marie Thompson Ph.D

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Inspirational and informative account of how to deal with life’s setbacks and losses and transform the future to one’s advantage.

Mockery
By Philip Kraske

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Engaging political thriller about a young writer who stumbles onto the truth about a political election where both candidates are rocked by scandals.

A Pointed Death
By Kath Russell

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Entertaining mystery thriller about a biotech consultant and her dog Skootch and how they become involved in the high stakes world of corporate trade secrets and murder.

Everything I Never
Wanted To Be

By Dina Kucera

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
A struggling comic’s poignant and often hilarious account of her family’s battle with alcoholism and drug addiction over four generations.

Enough for Us All
By Dorothy I. Riddle

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Enlightening source book that uses quantum physics and metaphysics to help individuals attain personal transformation.

Frozen in Time
By Theodore Jerome Cohen

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
An exciting tale of greed, betrayal, and murder based on real events from the Antarctic continent.

Journey to Terra Incognita
By Gerald Shingleton

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Thought-provoking metaphysical adventure that begins in 1950s California and ends in the jungles of Guatemala.

Goodnight, Brian
By Steven Manchester

www.StevenManchester.com

(Fiction)
Inspirational story about how a woman’s faith and unconditional love help her grandson to lead a normal life after he is poisoned by a toxic soy formula and given little hope by his doctors.

The Mine
By Daniel R. Cobb

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Engaging thriller about an idealistic biologist who fights state corruption and corporate fraud perpetrated by a ruthless gold mining company.

The Friday Night Club
By Jacob Nelson Lurie

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
An irreverent coming of age story of a young man who must choose between continuing his hedonistic lifestyle or settling down and getting married.

The Entrepreneur Guide
U.S. 2010 Edition

By Owen O. Daniels

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive book filled with information and answers about everything one needs to start and maintain a business.

Golden’s Rule
By C. E. Edmonson

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Compelling story about a modern-day girl battling cancer who finds inspiration by reading the diary of a 14-year-old slave girl from the 1800s.

A World Away: The
Quest of Dan Clay

By T.J. Smith

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Exciting story in the tradition of The Chronicles of Narnia about a young man and his three friends who embark on an out-of-this world journey where they are hunted by savage beasts along the footpath to a demonic castle.

The Harrowing Escape:
The Quest of Dan Clay (Book II)

By T.J. Smith

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
The saga continues as Dan Clay and his companions continue their quest to locate Dan’s brother in a parallel world filled with savage beasts and half-man, half-serpent creatures.

Winter
By Maneesh Sharma

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Fast-paced thriller about a predator with otherworldly talents who has a penchant for killing women and stealing fine art.

Soul’s Infarct
By Diamela Eltit & Paz Errazuriz

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Unique and penetrating examination through text and photographs of love among marginalized individuals in a notorious Chilean psychiatric hospital.

A Worthy Legacy
By Tomi Akinyanmi

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Touching and lyrical account about a dying Nigerian man and his practical wisdom for living life to the fullest.

Dangerous Liaisons
By Michael D’Ambrosio

www.amazon.com

(Science Fiction)
In this action-packed sequel to The Eye of Icarus, Lieutenant Will Saris and his new bride are caught in a web of treachery where no one, including the Space Fleet, can be trusted.

Shroud of Beckoning
By Deb Woody

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Thought-provoking supernatural tale about a four-year-old who is possessed by a demonic spirit.

Shadows and Not
By Sara Brown

www.amazon.com

(Poetry)
Soul-searching poetry anthology that illuminates the human condition.

America’s Suicidal Statecraft
By James Cumes

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
Well researched and documented examination of the self-destructive policies of the United States.

The Handkerchief
By Julian Stark

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
An intimate and probing love story that examines the breadth and depth of love and passion between two people.

The End of the 19th Century
By Eric Larsen

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Imposing lyrical epic about a Midwestern family’s journey through time and space.

Up Close: A Mother’s View
By Fiona Yaron-Field

www.amazon.com

(Nonfiction)
A touching and meditative memoir of a mother and her disabled daughter told through pictures and commentary.

Secrets Revealed
By Sheshena Pledger

www.amazon.com

(Fiction)
Gritty crime noir tale about a notorious crime family’s feud with its biggest rival.

A Case of Wild Justice
By Yvonne Jerrold

www.yvonnejerrold.com
(Fiction)
An intriguing story about a group of senior citizens who fight back against crime and vandalism in their neighborhood by becoming human booby traps.

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Passive Resistance Doesn’t
Work on Corporate Fascism

“Rocco wants more, don’t you, Rocco?”

–Humphrey Bogart responding to the question of what the notorious gangster Johnny Rocco wants out of life in the classic film, “Key Largo.”

By John F. Miglio

Sorry all you progressives and civil disobedience advocates and left-wing pacifists and intellectuals. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here’s the bitter truth: Our country has become a corporate fascist state run by a ruthless gang of super-rich CEOs and their political lackeys in much the same way Al Capone ran Chicago or Adolph Hitler ran Germany.

And to make matters worse, this elitist gang of greedy thugs, who run the most powerful corporations in the world, and who, in a sane, logical world, would be absolutely despised by the masses, get a free pass from tens of millions of brain-dead wage slaves who think corporate America is OK by them, and also by tens of millions of fanatical religious fundamentalists who think government is evil and the free market is ordained by God.

In addition, both of these groups don’t like progressives or people on the left who have been excoriating corporate America for the past several decades and trying to enlighten average citizens about how they’re being played for chumps by Big Business. Unfortunately, they haven’t been listening, and even as they lose their homes, their jobs, and their health care, they still buy into the corporate propaganda that left-wingers are a bunch of loony tree huggers or baby killing antichrists and communists. As a consequence, they’re not going to listen to anything progressives have to say or be impressed with any type of civil disobedience designed to help average citizens, especially when it comes to economic reform.

So where does that leave the progressive movement and all you well meaning citizens who sign petitions or commit acts of civil disobedience against the corporate fascist power structure? Perhaps it’s time to accept reality and realize that passive resistance, though noble, is no longer an effective tool against those in power.

Yes, it worked in the 60s and 70s on social issues like civil rights and the women’s movement, but there was one big difference: Those issues did not interfere with the profits of Big Business. In other words, giving blacks and women equality in society and the workplace did not take money out of the pockets of corporate America. In fact, it expanded the financial marketplace and added to large corporations’ ever growing wealth and influence.

But try to do anything that takes money away from corporate profits-like enacting single payer health care or increasing taxes on multinational companies-and look out! Beware the dogs! Think of it this way: Imagine a group of pacifists in Prohibition-era Chicago holding a sit-in at Al Capone’s headquarters in protest of his unlawful sales and distribution of liquor. Or imagine a group of intellectuals, trade unionists, and Jews signing a petition to force Hitler from power in Nazi Germany. No� you don’t even want to imagine it, do you?

So why do you think these non-violent methods will work today in our corporate fascist environment? Because corporate CEOs aren’t as ruthless as Al Capone or Hitler? Who’s being na�ve now, Kay?

After all, these are the same CEOs who caused the sub-prime mortgage debacle and raked in millions of bucks in bonuses at the expense of millions of Americans who lost their homes and jobs. But that wasn’t enough, was it? They want even more! Just like Johnny Rocco. Just like the hedge fund operator who makes over a billion dollars a year and does not want to pay taxes at the same rate as ordinary citizens. He wants to keep his 15% capital gains rate! And he gets away with it because the politicians he “holds in his pockets like so many nickels and dimes” let him! This is beyond greed. This is something sick and demented and evil.

At a time when millions of Americans are out of work or are underwater on their mortgages, it is inconceivable that a super-rich hedge fund operator pays a lower rate of taxes than a firefighter or school teacher. Has he no shame or compassion for his community or fellow citizens? Apparently not, nor do the politicians who allow him to get away with it, because the truth is�

HE WANTS IT ALL!

Yes, that’s right. That’s the end game of every fascist-he wants everything. And he will not respond to moral arguments or passive resistance. And that’s eventually what topples fascism. The power brokers become so far removed from the affairs of average citizens and so wrapped up in their own solipsistic world of greed and domination that they go one step too far. And that’s when the masses turn on them and start sharpening the guillotines.

When will this happen in America? When will the corporate fascists be driven from power? We’re not there yet. But we’re getting closer. WikiLeaks provocateur Julian Assange and the anti-establishment Internet group known as “Anonymous” are examples of the first wave of active resistance against corporate fascism. And if the economy continues to spiral downward, more radical groups will emerge until eventually there will come a tipping point.

And at that point citizens will not even think about passive resistance. They will turn to violence– as they did in the French Revolution, and as they’re doing today in Libya. And they will go after those hedge fund operators and those corporate CEOs who have been living like kings for the past several decades off the backs of the middle class. And they will go after all those sell-out politicians who have allowed them to get away with it. And it won’t be pretty.

 

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers
• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers

• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers

• Press Release Services: Submit Press Release, Online Distribution Services.

• LitPitch: Place to read books online for free and for authors to pitch book ideas and get feedback.

• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news

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• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications

• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data

• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling

• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.

• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events

• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores

• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers

• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers

• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony

• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features

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• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing

• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group

• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

 


Featured Books


Buy The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road
By Cormac McCarthy

A nightmarish, yet poetically written tale of a father and son and their brutal trek to survive in a post-apocalyptic America.


Buy Last Words: A Memoir by George Carlin

Last Words: A Memoir
By George Carlin with Tony Hendra

Master comedian/satirist George Carlin takes us on a wild ride as he recounts his turbulent life and ground-breaking career with great candor and trademark humor.


Buy The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Michael Parenti

The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti

Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion
of the people.

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Buy Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

John F. Miglio is available for all types of speaking engagements. For information, click here

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Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• PEN.org: “An association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship.”• TruthDig.com: “Hard-hitting investigative journalism.”

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group

• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”

• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”

• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”

• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays

• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications

• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.

• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.

• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.

• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.

• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.

• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays

• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays

• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news

• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics

• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues

• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies

• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America

• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media

• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information

• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism

• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

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