A Reading List

Sidebar by George Sibley

Community – April 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine

Berry, Wendell. Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community. A collection of essays from America’s post-urban Jeremiah, the best of which refute traditional arguments about the smallness of small communities. But don’t read it for the sex.

Daly, Herman, and John Cobb. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future. The title says it.

Gatto, John Taylor. Numbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1992. Strong words on public education and community from the 1991 New York State Teacher of the Year.

Jacobs, Jane. Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life. A thoughtful American economist and philosopher challenges the “fool’s paradise” of neoclassical nation-based economics, proposing regional models instead.

Kemmis, Daniel. Community and the Politics of Place. Missoula’s philosopher-mayor attempts to revitalize Jefferson’s republican principles in local governance.

Power, Thomas Michael. The Economic Pursuit of Quality. A highly critical look at conventional approaches to economic development, and some interesting suggestions for alternatives for communities interested in “developing” rather than “growing.”

Wilkinson, Charles F. The Eagle Bird: Mapping a New West. A C.U. law professor marshals evidence for the beginning evolution of an “ethics of place” in the West.