Recommended Reading

Though it may seem that way to the uninitiated, the ideas sprawled across the pages of this website are not the incoherent ramblings of a mad man. It’s actually very well informed, albeit informed by somewhat esoteric schools of thought. If you’re enjoying the style but longing for background, you might want to check out the following resources.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

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  • Ten more I would add:

    1. The Divine Comedy – Dante: one of the ultimate epic poems

    2, Paradise Lost – John Milton: written by one of the great seventeenth-century English libertarians; recommended with Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and Aereopagitica, where Milton defends king-killing and free speech.

    3. The Prince – Machiavelli; one of the great books on power

    4. Two Treatises on Government – John Locke: one of the founding texts of classical liberalism and by default libertarianism

    5. Common Sense – Thomas Paine: one of the earliest libertarian tracts from the time of the American Revolution

    6. The Law – Bastiat: nothing more be said

    7. The Production of Security – Molinari; proto-ancap text

    8. Liberalism – Mises: true classical liberalism for the modern age in a single book by one of its finest defenders

    9. Plan for the Abolition of Slavery – Lysander Spooner: very anti-slavery and revolutionary; helpful for the militant revolutionary anarcho-capitalist

    10. The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien: the great timeless fantasy epic, especially good for libertarians and rightwingers

    • paddymanning

      Have a deep prejudice against Milton, he was Oliver Cromwell’s secretary and Cromwell was the genocidal sectarian monster who slaughtered and slaved Ireland. There wasn’t a cheep of criticism from Milton about Cromwell’s savagery, the slaughters in Wexford and Drogheda, the boiling alive of 200 women in Callan, nor of the transport of up to 25% of the population here as slaves to the West Indies. For an Irishman anything connected to the beast Cromwell is not just suspicious, it is anathema. That combination of disgust at Milton’s hypocrisy and the effect of being forced to study Paradise Lost at 12 have hopelessly prejudiced me against the work.

      • Joe Schizoid

        Get over it.

        • acudoc1949

          Nothing to get over. One man’s opinion based on his valid experience.

      • paendragon

        I’m starting to like this Cromwell chap (and, by extension, Milton) more and more!

    • Raymond Smith

      How do you see LOTR as so good for politics? It’s interesting.

  • Kudzu Bob

    A book that really belongs on your must-read list is Kevin MacDonald’s The Culture of Critique.