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Issue 05 – May 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

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.


Stolen Fields
By Jean Boggio
Riveting account of a family that held out against the government’s eminent domain takeover of their farm and how it shattered their American Dream.

Eleven Roses

By Alexander Hernandez
Passion-filled story about a high-powered attorney who is forced to make a decision between a successful career and the woman he loves.

What the Hell Is a Liberal?

By David Truskoff
Hard-hitting and insightful assortment of progressive essays and observations about politics and life.

The Trail

By Natalia Prentice
Thrilling, fast-paced tale about a young financial journalist who leaves Wall Street only to get sucked into a web of violence and intrigue set up by the world’s wealthiest power brokers.

The Shadow Factory
By Paul West

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An illuminating account of a stroke victim’s experience with global aphasia told through the perception of his own aphasic mind.

Soaring Soul
By Sonja D. Szimon
Personal meditation on life’s meaning and attaining spiritual perfection.

A Cross Estate
By William Thomas Kinsella
Heartfelt story of a young man who follows his parents’ wishes instead of his own dreams, which lead him to the Twin Towers and 9/11.
Read Review

The Woman Who Wrote
“King Lear”

By Louis Phillips
A great collection of strange and unconventional stories in the tradition of Borges, Barth, and Barthelme.

Hot Issues, Cool Topics
By Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Insightful primer on schoolyard bullying and how kids and teens can understand and change this destructive behavior.

The Art of Conscious Creation
By Jackie Lapin
Inspirational manual on how to consciously create personal self- fulfillment and global transformation.

Presidential Brainiac
By Randy Howe
Six hundred historical facts and trivia about America’s presidents and elections.

The Mental Environment
By Bob Gebelein
Probing examination of how humans can overcome their social conditioning, change their values and beliefs, and transform the world.

The Energy of Belief
By Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD
& Mary T. Sise, LCSW
Easy-to-read guide on how to use acupressure to overcome negative beliefs and achieve positive goals in life.

Definitions of Some Mathematical Terms
for 11-18 Year Olds

By Brainard Braimah
Valuable resource for students, parents, and teachers to make mathematics simple and easy to learn.

Trust in the Lord
By Deen Kemsley
Uplifting personal stories and reflections on how to achieve salvation through Jesus Christ.

The New IQ: How Integrity Serves You, Your Relationships, and Our World
By David Gruder, Ph.D
Insightful primer on how to restore the virtue of integrity to all aspects of human behavior.

El Zarco: The Blue-Eyed Bandit
By Ignacio Manuel Altamirano
Turbulent story of passion and politics in 19th-century Mexico involving a love affair between an Indian hero and his Mestiza heroine.

Channeling the Apocalypse: From the Eighteenth Dynasty to the Current Incarnations
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D
Spiritual source book that uses channeling and higher levels of consciousness to interpret the meaning of politics and human behavior.

Liberal Hearts and
Conservative Brains

By Ron Lipsman
Intriguing in-depth examination of the relationship between age and political philosophy in modern America.

Blind Faith
By Janet Clark
&nbsp Emotionally-charged story about a sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic clergy as experienced through the eyes of young man and his family during the late sixties and early seventies.

Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller
Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.

By Douglas A. Ames
Eye-opening fact-based thriller about how large energy utilities set out to destroy a small, cutting-edge technology company.

Stolen Without a Gun
By Walter Pavlo Jr. & Neil Weinberg
Fascinating true story about a corporate executive’s descent into corruption and white-collar crime.

Finding the Bloom of the
Cactus Generation

By Maggie Walters
Personalized exploration of the treatment senior citizens receive in today’s society and how to improve it.


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.


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.
• Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Registry of electronic publications
• Major book and publishing data
• E-commerce site for global bookselling
• 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
• 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
• Book Family of bookseller Web sites
• Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Global book club & reading group
• Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.




Economic Collapse, Huge
Disparity of Wealth: Logical
Outcome of the Free Market

In this present crisis, government is
not the solution to our problem;
government is the problem.
— Ronald Reagan

By John F. Miglio

God forbid the mainstream news media should ever mention this, but there was once a time in America when citizens thought of government as their friend, and no one with any brains took the theory of free market capitalism as espoused by Ayn Rand or Milton Friedman very seriously. In fact, it was considered a ridiculous idea, and individuals who took it to heart, like Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater or William F. Buckley Jr., were considered laughable.

Of course, it was a different time in America then, a time when Keynesian economics was king, when most American families lived comfortably on one income, and when the rich and large corporations paid taxes at much higher rates.

In those days average Americans knew instinctively, if not intellectually, that a “free market” system that took power away from government and allowed Big Business to run the show was just a scam to screw the little guy; that unfettered capitalism without strong government checks and balances led to– at best– robber barons like J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, and– at worst– fascist dictators like Hitler and Mussolini.

And they knew something else. Like our Founding Fathers, they knew the cornerstone of American democracy was the common man, not wealthy individuals or large corporations. And from World War II until 1980, this paradigm remained safe in the land of the free, if not always in practice, at least in principle.

But all that changed when Ronald Reagan became president. As a gift to his wealthy friends and corporate backers, he made free market capitalism an integral part of his administration. These so-called friends of his were the same wealthy and well-connected individuals who hated FDR and JFK and who had been plotting a takeover of the government ever since Goldwater’s embarrassing presidential defeat in 1964. And with Reagan as president, they finally had one of their own in office.

Thus began the dismantling of the New Deal and the ascendance of the view that government was the problem in America, not the solution. Naturally, the mainstream news media never pointed out the absurdity of Reagan’s argument, since in a democracy the people are the government– at least they’re supposed to be. But logic was never a factor during the Reagan era– propaganda was. And, boy, were “The Gipper” and his pals good at it! In a few short years they convinced a sizeable percentage of the public that “liberal” was a dirty word and “greed” was the highest of all values.

Thus a new Gilded Age was born, and with the “likeable dunce” selling their brand of free market capitalism, the captains of industry (as they were once called) would incrementally push the country deeper into corporate fascism while at the same time creating a cult of uninformed working-class and middle-class citizens who loved Reagan and hated government and liberals.

After Reagan left office, the free market scam continued with Bush Senior and Bill Clinton. Finally, it reached its ne plus ultra with George W. Bush, a man so deluded and corrupt, so entrenched in cronyism and corporate fascism, he doesn’t even realize the country is collapsing beneath his feet.

The good news is that George W. Bush’s popularity is at the lowest point of his presidency. The bad news, according to the latest poll, is that 22% of those polled still approve of Bush. Now think about that number. Even after two rigged elections, the disastrous war and occupation of Iraq, the flouting of the Constitution, the unabashed use of torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the tragic incompetence surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the lack of action on global warming, the scandal behind the housing foreclosure crisis, and the collapse of the dollar, over one-fifth of Americans still think Bush is doing a swell job.

Ethics aside, we expect the corporate elite and the upper one per cent of the population (who own over 40% of the country’s wealth) to root for Bush. After all, he has enriched them beyond their wildest dreams. But why in God’s name would the other 21% still support him?

That’s where the mainstream news media and neo-fascist loudmouths like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly come in. They tap into the nostalgia and cult worship of Ronald Reagan, and as a result, are able to convince working-class and middle-class Americans to vote against their own economic interests in favor of free market capitalism, even though these same people are currently losing their jobs, their homes, and their civil liberties.

Ironically, they don’t blame Bush for their losses or hard times, since Bush is the logical extension of Reagan, their free market hero. Therefore, if they are having a problem, it must be the liberals who are at fault, the “left-wing radicals” who criticize the free market and want to raise taxes on the rich. After all, the free market is like God; it’s infallible.

And like God, what the free market giveth, it taketh away. So for those of you who once had steady jobs with good health care benefits– move back in with your parents and don’t get sick! For those of you who were counting on the equity in your house for retirement– move in with your kids and don’t be a pain in the ass! And for those of you who were hoping to enjoy the great outdoors in the future, get your gas masks and underwater gear ready because global warming is going to get progressively worse in the coming decades and really wreck havoc on the environment.

To borrow a phrase from Barack Obama’s old pal, Rev. Jeremiah Wright– the chickens of the free market are coming home to roost! And it ain’t pretty! After 28 years of cutting government regulations and allowing corporate America to run wild, our country has become a polluted, ecological disaster, a second-rate debtor nation perpetually at war. In addition, we have devolved into a two-class society where average citizens are left with diminished standards of living while the super rich live extravagant, yet isolated lives in high-tech security mansions.

This is the true legacy of the free market– a few winners and a whole bunch of losers. Of course, in the end, even the winners will be losers, because if enough people can’t afford the necessities of life or go broke, even the high-tech security mansions of the super rich won’t be able to protect them from the angry mob.

People in Third World countries are already fighting over food. And unless we make some serious changes in our country, how long will it be before average Americans are doing the same?

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• Influential democracy in action group
• The “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/ “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• 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.
• 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 Alternative news and essays
• Mother 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
• 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
• People for the American Way


Featured Book

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio


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

Listen to J.F. Miglio discuss Sunshine Assassins and other issues on
Radio Power Network’s podcast archives.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2007)

OR Book of the year 2007
Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller

Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2007)

OR Book of the Year 2007
Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia

An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with
fast-paced action.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.

A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury

Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan

A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.


Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
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.

OR Books of the Year 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed

Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert

Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.


Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart

Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller

Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin

Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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