Category: Politics and Philosophy

The Madness of Crowds

“We are going through a great crowd derangement. In public and in private, both online and off, people are behaving in ways that are increasingly irrational, feverish, herd-like and simply unpleasant. The daily news cycle is filled with the consequences. Yet while we see the symptoms everywhere, we do not see the causes.” Murray points out the absurdities and internal...

Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Is it possible for a book to be TOO logical? Prior to reading this I would have said “no,” but now I’m not so sure. A lot of long boring X = Y + Z sort of statements, mixed in with deep thought about political philosophy and morality. Nozick makes a strong case for a minimal state being the most...

The Fourth Turning

Apparently this book was a big influence on former Breitbart editor and Trump advisor Steve Bannon, so I thought I’d give it a try. In a nutshell, the book advances the view that history roughly repeats itself every 80 years. Further, every 80 year period is characterized by four “turnings.” A High, an Awakening, an Unraveling, and a Crisis. In...

The Virtue of Selfishness

There are very few books which have been maligned as much as this one. The title of this book can be misunderstood, and it usually is (by people who have never read past the front cover). Ms. Rand’s definition of selfishness is not where someone has something, and refuses to share it with someone else. What is meant here is...

The Antifa Handbook

Antifa are a bunch of idiots who think they are fighting ‘fascism.’ This book attempts to justify their actions with double-speak, self-congratulation, victim-posing, and logical fallacies. I read it – or at least tried to read it – in order to understand my enemy. Unfortunately, they don’t even understand themselves.

The Devil’s Pleasure Palace

A critique of the Frankfort School philosophers and their influence on the modern Left. An influence that the typical Leftist is completely unaware of. The book is just okay, but it does have a few gems in it, such as… “What would the Left do without delusion? It is the cornerstone of their philosophy. A desperate desire to look at...

The Machiavellians

I never knew much about Machiavelli, except that he was a dick. But I didn’t really know that either, that was just the impression I was led to believe by my teachers, media, and popular culture. Instead, Machiavelli and the philosophers who expanded on his findings were great men with keen insights. So much of political thinking is based on...

The Cave and the Light

Examines the age old dispute between Plato and Aristotle on the nature of “truth”, which continues to the present day. For Plato, truth was an ideal, something that exists outside and above reality, for Aristotle, only experience and observation could reveal what was “true.” In a way, each of these great men had one half of what would become the...


A scathing critique of American Conservatives and the birth of the Alt-Right. Core idea is that ideology is a product of people not geography. Theoretically, conservatives were supposed to preserve the ideals and practices that made America great; to remember the reasons America was founded. They have failed. This book is about the ways the conservative movement has betrayed the...

The New Right

A sort-of explanation of the New Right and some of its more prominent characters. It’s interesting, but the author spends a bit too much effort espousing his own ideas rather than the ones the book is supposedly about.

Liberal Fascism

The Fascists of the past were an inspiration to the American Left and they’ve adopted almost all of their policies while continuing to insist that fascism is on the political Right.

Healing Our World

A kinder, gentler approach to Libertarian ideas from a woman’s perspective. A bit too fluffy-bunny for me, but probably a perfect introduction for those hopelessly stuck in the left/right paradigm.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

It was Perkins job to get foreign leaders to accept large loans that he never expected them to pay back. By defaulting the US or some company would then take over some sector of that countries economy. Some people think Perkins made this whole story up. I don’t.

Real Dissent

What if both ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are wrong? What if there is a third or fourth or fifth option? This book examines a variety of topics from an Anarcho-Capitalist point of view.


The memoir of a political speech writer who worked his way up through Congress, the Senate, and eventually writing for George W. Bush. Fascinating and hilarious.