Sources (and further reading)
Table of Contents

These are books and other things, most of which I have read (or at least skimmed). Things I haven't read are listed in each topic under "Sources - Potential".


  • Billig, Michael: Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences


  • Derbyshire, John: We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism
    • One of the best books I know of from the conservative point of view
    • Breezy, funny, cynical
    • Mostly about how liberal ideology is too cavalier about the malleability of human nature / character / temperament
    • buy from Amazon
  • Davis, Scott: The World of Patience Gromes
    • white guy writes about a black neighborhood undone by government handouts
    • that description makes it sound more crappy than it is
    • keywords: race, dependency
    • buy from Amazon


  • Elster, Jon: Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
    • Sociology, economics, psychology
    • A nice little book, full of interesting tidbits
    • Turns out the author is some kind of marxist, but you'd never guess that from reading this book
    • buy from Amazon



  • Goodwin, John and Dan E. Burr: Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work) in Words and Pictures
    • A nice liberal comic-book intro to economics and history, from pre-Adam Smith to Occupy Wall Street
    • Unabashedly in favor of a mixed economy, as am I
    • buy from Amazon


  • Lowe, Keith: Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
    • I skimmed this, it looks really good
    • all about postwar Europe: reprisals, machinations, ethnic cleansing, famine


  • McQuaig, Linda: All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust, and the New Capitalism
    • For a popular audience, but well-researched and well-written, a good history of capitalism from a non-capitalist point of view
    • Topics include trade agreements, Polyani and the Great Transformation, Red Vienna, the Enclosure Movement, and Robert Hale
    • buy from Amazon


  • Pears, David: Motivated Irrationality
    • skimmed, looks good, but it's academic philosophy, so hard going (for me)
    • buy from Amazon
  • Persson and Savulelescu: Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement
    • Unique and fascinating
    • Unique because it's the only work I know that argues that human nature can be changed
    • Fascinating because it argues that it should be
    • buy from Amazon
  • Pinker, Steven: The Better Angels of Our Nature
    • super-fantatsic book, about how and why violence has declined over history
    • keywords: violence, history, war
    • buy from Amazon


  • Reich, Steve: Music for 18 Musicians
    • [New York] : Boosey & Hawkes ; Hendon Music, c2000
    • I can't find an ISBN, but here is the ISMN: M051212392
    • this is the score, or rather a "study score"
    • invaluable if you want to really get into this piece


  • Sandel, Michael J.: Justice
    • Skimmed, looks really great
    • Applied ethics and political philosophy primer, seems sensible and clearly written
    • Aristotle, utilitarians, Kant, libertarians, Rawls, etc.
    • buy from Amazon


  • Thomson, Janice E. Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Builiding and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe
    • I skimmed, it looks fascinating
    • lots of good, nuanced info about mercantile companies (e.g. the East India Company), pirates and privateers, and filibusters
    • relevant to the debate about the relationship between government, coercion, and capitalism
    • "Why are global coercive capabilities organized the way they are? Why do we have centralized bureaucracies—states—that claim a monopoly on violence? Why is this monopoly based on territorial boundaries? Why is coercion not an international market commodity?
    • "The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural. It is distinctively modern. In the six centuries leading up to 1900, global violence was democratized, marketized, and internationalized. Nonstate violence dominated the international system. Individuals and groups used their own means of violence in pursuit of their particular aims, whether honor and glory, wealth, or political power. People bought…"
    • buy from Amazon


  • Walawender, Michael J.: Roadside Geology Along Sunrise Highway


  • Zwolinski, Matt, ed.: Arguing About Political Philosophy
    • Wonderful book! A survey of important texts, from Hobbes to the present. The editor is a local (San Diego) guy and a well-known libertarian blogger.
    • buy from Amazon
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