Here are two informative books worth reading that haven't yet been discarded by the Administrator of the Peoria Public Library System. (See The Peoria Chronicle blog)
"The Great Depression" - America in the 1930's, by T.H. Watkins and "Green Metropolis" - Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability, by David Owen.
Both books may add more insight to your reasoning or "blow up" some of your favorite conceptions. The later is a book all the "movers and shakers", (includes politicians who take the time to read a book) should read.