Resources for Further Reading

Empire and Overshoot

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, By William R. Catton, Jr. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982

Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed, By Jared Diamond, New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, By John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2008

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, By Chalmers Johnson, New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age, By Michael Ruppert, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2004

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, By Dmitry Orlov, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2011 (revised edition)

Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, By James Howard Kunstler, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012

The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, By Mike Lofgren, New York, Penguin Books, 2016.

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, By James Howard Kunstler, New York: Grove Press, 2006

The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment, By Chris Martensen, New York: Wiley, 2011

Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline, By Morris Berman, New York: Wiley, 2011

Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution—and What it Means for America Today, By Thomas J. DiLorenzo, New York: Crown, 2008


The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, by Riane Eisler, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007

The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered, By John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada: New Society Publishers, 2011

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, By E. F. Schumacher, Point Roberts, WA:  Hartley & Marks, 1999

Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, By David Korten, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010 (revised edition)

Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, By Herman Daly, Boston: Beacon Press, 1997

What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth, By Wendell Berry, Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Local Competition, By Michael Shuman, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007

Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy, By Judy Wicks, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, By Marjorie Kelly, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2012

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Report to the United Nations for the 2012 Rio + 20 Conference, by Robert Costanza, et. al.


“Exponential Money in a Finite World” By Chris Martenson, Vermont Commons  #25,  Fall 2008

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, By Thomas Greco, White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green, 2009

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition, by Charles Eisenstein, Berkeley: Evolver Editions, 2011

The Web of Debt:  The Shocking Truth About Our Money System, By Ellen H. Brown, Baton Rouge, LA: Third Millennium Press, 2010

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, By David Graeber, Brooklyn: Melville House, 2011

Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, By Woody Tasch, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2010

Out-of-print classics:

A New Monetary System, By Edward Kellogg (1861)

Wealth, Virtual Wealth, and Debt:  The Solution of the Economic Paradox, By Frederick Soddy  (1926)


Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage, By Kenneth Deffeyes, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008

Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World, By Michael Ruppert, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2009

The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, By Richard Heinberg, Gabriolia Island, B.C.: New Society, 2005

Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis, By Richard Heiberg, Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society, 2009

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, By Paul Roberts, New York: Mariner Books, 2005

Power Plays: Energy Options in the Age of Peak Oil, By Robert Rapier, New York: Apress, 2012

Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future, By Craig Morris, Gabriola Island, B.C.:  New Society, 2006

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects—A Community Resilience Guide, By Greg Pahl, White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2012

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook, By Greg Pahl, White River Junction,Vermont: Chelsea Green, 2007

Post-Carbon Institute

Transition U.S.


Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health, By Marion Nestle, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007  (revised edition)

Bringing it to the Table: On Farm and Food, By Wendell Berry, Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2009

In Defense of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating, By Michael Pollan, New York: Penguin, 2009

The Town that Food Saved: How One Town Found Vitality in Local Food, By Ben Hewitt, Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2011

Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety, By Ben Hewitt, Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2011

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World,By Joel Salatin, New York: Center Street/Hachette, 2011

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities, By Will Allen, New York: Gotham, 2012

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, By Raj Patel, Brooklyn: Melville House, 2012  (revised edition)

Rural Vermont


A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont, by Tal Birdsey, New York: St. Martins Press, 2009

The Self-Organizing Revolution: Common Principles of the Educational Alternatives Movement, By Ron Miller, Brandon, VT: Holistic Education Press, 2008

Free Schools, Free People: Education and Democracy After the 1960s, By Ron Miller, Albany: SUNY press, 2001

One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards, By Susan Ohanian, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999

Susan Ohanian’s writings on educational standards

John Green’s speech at the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation’s Banned Author Event


Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons, By Peter Barnes, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2006

All That We Share: How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities and Everything Else that Belongs to All of Us, By Jay Walljasper, New York: The New Press, 2010

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth, By David Bollier, Oxford, UK:  Routledge, 2003

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, By Karl Polanyi, Boston: Beacon Press, 2001

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert Putnam, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001

“Whose Common Future?  Reclaiming the Commons”

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

La Via Campesina

Commons Magazine


The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, By Rob Hopkins, White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green, 2008

The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times, By Rob Hopkins, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2011

The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-peak World, by John Michael Greer, Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada:  New Society Publishers, 2009


Human Scale, By Kirkpatrick Sale, Reissued by New Society Publishers (Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada), 2007

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, By Gar Alperovitz, New York: John Wiley, 2004

The Breakdown of Nations, By Leopold Kohr, Reissued by Chelsea Green (White River Junction, VT), 2001

The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale, By Frank Bryan and John McClaughry, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2008

The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, By Thomas Prugh, Robert Costanza, and Herman E. Daly, Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1999


Is Secession Treason?, By Albert Bledsoe, New York: Anza Publishing, 2005.

Out! The Vermont Secession Book, By Frank Bryan and Bill Mares, Shelburne, Vermont: The New England Press, 1987.

The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future, By Juan Enriquez, New York: Crown Publishers, 2005

The Political Economy of Secession: A Source Book, Edited by Jurgen G. Backhaus and Detmar Doering, Neue Zurcher Zeitung Publishing, 2004

A Constitutional History of Secession, By John Remington Graham, Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2002.

One Nation, Indivisible? A Study of Secession and the Constitution, By Robert F. Hawes, Jr., Fultus Books, 2006.

Bye Bye Miss American Empire, By Bill Kauffman, White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2010

Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century, Edited by Donald Livingston, Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2012.

Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire, By Thomas H. Naylor, Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2008

Secession: The Ashgate Research Companion, Edited by Aleksansar Pavkovic and Peter Radan, Great Britain: MPG Books Group, 2001

Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, By Chuck Thompson, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012

Reclaiming The American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy, By William J. Watkins Jr., Oakland, California: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004