A Few Books All Politicians Should Read

A Few Books All Politicians Should Read

bookstackBeing an elected representative carries a tremendous responsibility. Decisions made by representatives while in office impact their current constituents, but will also influence future ones as well, often times long after they have left office.

Because of this legacy effect, and the reality of unintended consequences, it is, and should be, imperative that public servants learn all that they can about the critical issues facing those they are elected to represent.  Sadly, the commentary and actions from the local, state, and national policians tells me this is not happening. As such, I’ve prepared a short list of books that should be read as a primer for those entering public service, as well as those already serving.

While I’m at it, I may as well include everyone that is represented by elected officials too. It’s difficult to engage in meaningful debate when most citizens understanding of their civic duty is limited to sound bites from television and radio personalities.

Are there any changes you’d make to the list?

Every Person in the Country

Local Elected Representatives 

State Elected Representatives 

Nationally Elected Representatives 

A Few Books All Politicians Should Read

Book Review: Small is Possible

Small Is Possible: Summarized.

2013-06-21 12.50.21Is a self sufficient local economy really possible?  It’s the question that led to the publishing of Lyle Estill’s 2008 book, Small is Possible; Life In a Local Economy.

I found it to be an easy but insightful read into the politics, struggles, and rewards of a group of North Carolina residents trying to live local.  The book is divided into two parts with the first, “Funky Town” providing some background and context to the authors experiences and beliefs.  The second part, titled “Homegrown” is Estill’s practical explanation and examples of how they’ve done it, or would.
It is this section of the book that I found most helpful in starting to think of ways to not only live and purchase locally, but it shows how one might begin to think about the types of businesses (and investments) that would be necessary for a community to replace it’s dependence on imported goods and services.

At 216 pages, with 16 chapters the material is easily digestible and well worth the time…even if you (like me) don’t agree with all of the author’s ideas.

Check it out at your local library or purchase it here: Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy