by Yanis Varoufakis
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Jessica McBirney
This easy-to-read article explains the economic system of capitalism along with some of its potential upsides and drawbacks, as well as alternative economic systems.Pair “Capitalism” with “Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up” to provide students with additional arguments for and against capitalism. How does the portrayal of capitalism in the two texts compare? In what ways can capitalism be improved?
The Economic Bill of Rights
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
In this historical speech, "The Economic Bill of Rights," former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt discusses the importance of ensuring that the basic needs of all citizens are met.Pair “The Economic Bill of Rights” with “Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up” and ask students to discuss how these two articles explore the need for democracy in economics. How does the separation of the political sphere and the economic sphere contribute to some of the problems Roosevelt identifies in his speech?
Excerpt from Democracy in America: Why Americans Are So Restless
- Alexis de Tocqueville
In this excerpt from Democracy in America, Tocqueville breaks down how democracy functions in America and the effects equality have on Americans’ happiness and sense of success.Pair “Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up” with “Excerpts from Democracy in America” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore social and political systems in America. How successful do the authors of the two texts find them? What threatens them? What role does materialism play in democracy?
To the State Senate on Being Elected Its President
- Calvin Coolidge
In Calvin Coolidge’s speech “To the Senate on Being Elected Its President,” Coolidge addresses the Massachusetts Senate after being elected its President, and discusses how to achieve a just government and society.Pair “Capitalism Will Eat Democracy – Unless We Speak Up” with “To the State Senate on Being Elected Its President” and ask students to discuss the speakers’ opinions on democracy. What do they identify as potential threats to democracy? What do students think Calvin Coolidge’s opinions on capitalism would be? Do you think he would agree or disagree with Yanis Varoufakis? Why?