Books Available for Purchase

The People's Right to Local Community Self-Government: Grant Township v. Pennsylvania General Energy Company
This legal brief explains how the right of local, community self-government is not a new right, but one that is natural, inherent, and inalienable, belonging to the people. It is recognized in the history of the founding of this country - and yet our current legal system does not recognize that right or protect it. Instead, our legal system advances legal doctrines granting corporations "rights," and state and federal preemption. This legal brief explains how and why such doctrines are incompatible with the people's exercise of their right of local community self-government, and therefore, why those doctrines must give way to that right.
Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community
by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, 2009
A revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.
This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
The editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside Occupy Wall Street to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the movement. Featuring contributions by CELDF's Thomas Linzey, Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, This Changes Everything offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement, and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
by Council of Canadians, Global Exchange & Fundacion Pachamama
This revolutionary new book reveals the path of a movement that is driving the cultural and legal shift that is necessary to transform our human relationship with nature away from being property-based and towards a rights-based model of balance. The book gathers the unique wisdom of indigenous cultures, scientists, environmental activists, lawyers, and small farmers to make a case for how and why humans must work to change our current structures of law to recognize that nature has inherent rights.
The Bottom Line or Public Health: Tactics Corporations Use to Influence Health and Health Policy, and What We Can Do To Counter Them
by William H. Wiist, Editor, 2010Oxford University Press
CELDF's Mari Margil authored a chapter entitled "A New Democracy in Action."
Should Trees Have Standing?: Law, Morality, and the Environment (3rd Edition), by Christopher D. Stone, 2010
by Christopher D. Stone, 2010
This enduring work continues to serve as the definitive statement as to why trees, oceans, animals, and the environment as a whole should be bestowed with legal rights, so that the voiceless elements in nature are protected for future generations.
Building Unions: Past, Present and Future
by Peter Kellman, Illustrated by Matt Wuerker, 2001
Explains the challenges unions have faced since colonial times. Traces Labor's uphill battle to organize - first against the propertied class and now against the corporate class. A compelling statement on the imbalance of power that enables corporations to exercise free speech, assembly and organizing rights at the expense of workers and unions.
Citizens Over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future
by Ohio Committee on Corporations, Law and Democracy, 1999
Details how corporations were closely controlled by citizens and their elected representatives in the early decades of Ohio's history; what legislative and judicial tools people used to control corporations; how corporations usurped more and more legal "rights"; the subsequent resistance from Ohio citizens; and ways to "rethink" the current relationship between "we the people" and corporations.
Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy: A Book of History and Strategy
by Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), edited by Dean Ritz, 2001
Asserts that corporate operatives have long wielded the Constitution to thwart the democratic self-governance championed by the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. A book of history, strategy and struggle. A collection of 73 essays, speeches, sermons and letters chronicles the work of the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD).
Divided We Fall: The Story of the Paperworkers' Union and the Future of Labor
by Peter Kellman, 2004
"An unflinching picture of workers fighting against overwhelming odds for justice in the workplace. As Peter Kellman tells it in these pages, workers even have to fight to keep the knowledge of their own struggles alive. This book is a milestone in preserving and sharing that knowledge." - Howard Zinn
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
by Charles Beard, 1986
Unlike those writers, who had stressed idealistic impulses as factors determining the structure of the American government, Beard questioned the Founding Fathers' motivations in drafting the Constitution and viewed the results as a product of economic self-interest. Published in 1913; one of the most controversial books of its time; it continues to prompt new perceptions of the supreme law of the land.
The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution
by George Draffan, 2000
Describes how corporations leverage power through think tanks and business groups to form an undemocratic system of governance over citizens. Outlines the normal, everyday ways these institutions shape the national investment and political policies, portraying how a shadow system of corporate power effectively governs.
Fear at Work: Job Blackmail, Labor and the Environment
by Richard Kazis & Richard Grossman, 1991
Argues persuasively that to create an economically secure and environmentally sound America we must protect both jobs AND the environment; communities AND ecosystems. By exposing the practice of "job blackmail" for the manipulative tactic that it is, 'Fear at Work' removes the cloak of legitimacy from corporate threats.
The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord
by Ray Raphael, 2002
Tells a surprising new story of America's revolutionary struggle. In the years before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, local people took control over their own destinies, overturning British authority and declaring themselves free from colonial oppression, with acts of rebellion that long predated the Boston Tea Party.
Gaveling Down the Rabble: How "Free Trade" Is Stealing Our Democracy
by Jane Anne Morris, 2008
Reveals a hidden source of the corporate power that has been steadily crushing our self governance: namely, the U.S. Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution, implemented by nine unelected Presidential appointees. Shows how environmental, labor and civil-rights cases using Commerce Clause arguments, rather than Constitutional Rights arguments, have distorted citizens' rights by defining them in terms of their value to commerce.
Railroads and Clearcuts: Legacy of Congress' 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad Land Grant
by Derrick Jensen & George Draffan, 1995
The legacy of Congress's 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad Land Grant to railroad companies is one of corruption, abuse and lies. This is the story of the biggest land grant in American history - larger than 10 Connecticuts - to four railroad companies, how the timber companies got hold of huge forests to clearcut, and why these lands should be returned to their rightful owners - the American people.
The Santa Clara Blues: Corporate Personhood versus Democracy
by William Meyers, 2002
32 page pamphlet.
Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice (2nd edition), by Cormac Cullinan, 2011
by Cormac Cullinan, Foreword by Thomas Berry, 2003
Explains how, if the community of life on Earth is to survive, a new understanding of nature and a new concept of legal systems are needed. Proposes a new approach or "Earth Jurisprudence" and gives practical guidance on how to begin moving towards it. Shows that this philosophy could help develop new legal systems that would foster human connections to nature.
The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America
by Lawrence Goodwyn, 1978
Offers new political language designed to provide a fresh means of assessing both democracy and authoritarianism today. American populism provides a perspective for this analysis because the agrarian revolt was the largest and most intense mass democratic movement in American history. The defeat of the Populists, coupled with the inability of 20th century Americans to generate an equivalent wide-ranging democratic movement, has had profound impact in our own times.
The Spirit of American Government - A Study of the Constitution: Its Origin, Influence and Relation to Democracy
In this volume, the author undertakes to show that our constitutional system is not only undemocratic and out of harmony with the spirit of the twentieth century but is very largely answerable for the so-called evils of democracy. His first contention is that the framers of the federal constitution were conservative and extremely fearful of democracy, the fervor of the revolutionary days having made no impression on the staid and masterful men who composed the convention....Having crystallized their interests in the written document, the Fathers thereupon proceeded to protect the ruling minority forever by an amendment clause that made innovation practically impossible." - Charles Beard, historian, Political Science Quarterly, March 1908
American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns; The Suppressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper That Tried to Report It
In this monumental story of two newspaper editors whom Presidents Washington and Adams sought to jail for sedition, 'American Aurora' offers a new and heretical vision of this nation's beginnings, from the vantage point of those who fought in the American Revolution to create a democracy - and lost.
The Dorr War: The Constitutional Struggle in Rhode Island
The Dorr War was one of the most significant political events between the Jacksonian period and the Civil War. Arthur Mowry's study of the heroic struggle to realize the promises of the American Revolution in the actuality of state politics is, in Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s words, "the best account" of the revolt.
What the Anti-Federalists Were For: The Political Thought of the Opponents of the Constitution
by Herbert J. Storing
The Anti-Federalists, in Herbert J. Storing's view, are somewhat paradoxically entitled to be counted among the Founding Fathers and to share in the honor and study devoted to the founding. "If the foundations of the American polity was laid by the Federalists," he writes, "the Anti-Federalist reservations echo through American history; and it is in the dialogue, not merely in the Federalist victory, that the country's principles are to be discovered."
The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates
by Ralph Ketcham (editor)
The complete text of dissenting opinions of those who saw the Constitution as a threat are collected in this volume with Convention debates, commentaries, and lists that cross-reference to its companion Signet Classics volume "The Federalist Papers."