- Steven Pinker
- Ron Paul
- Peter Schiff
- Noam Chomsky
- Ayn Rand
- Nelson Nash
- Nick Bostrom
- Tim Ferriss
- Sam Polk
- Jeb Kinnison
- Thomas Sowell
- Johnathan Haidt
- Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer – The Gardens of Democracy
- Hans Hermann Hoppe
- Henry Hazlitt
- Sir Ken Robinson
- Robert Caro
- Christopher Voss
- Good to the Core – John Blumberg
- Shoe Dog
- Ray Dalio
- Walter issacson
- Choose yourself – Jame Altucher
The first 90 days – Michael watkins
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21st century skills
“Moral Elevation” – Being uplifted by an act of uncommon goodness.
Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America Hardcover – February 14, 2017
Democracy: The God that Failed, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Just read it. Trust me on this.
The Quest for Community, by Robert Nisbet. Here is a graduate course in political philosophy. Except in this one, the state is not the glorious summit of civilization and the indispensable source of human flourishing. As the new edition explains, “Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the sources of community—the family, the neighborhood, the church, the guild. Alienation and loneliness inevitably resulted. But as the traditional ties that bind fell away, the human impulse toward community led people to turn even more to the government itself, allowing statism — even totalitarianism — to flourish.”
The Left, the Right, and the State, by Lew Rockwell. Lew (who of course runs the indispensable LewRockwell.com) did the world an incalculable service with the founding of the Mises Institute, but he is grossly underrated as a thinker in his own right. He has extended Rothbardian thought in numerous ways, and has influenced my own thinking more than almost anyone in the world.
The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays. Features essays by Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Gottfried Haberler, and Murray N. Rothbard. An effective introduction to the Austrian theory of the business cycle, which anyone who wants to understand the real causes behind boom and bust must know.
Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays, by Murray N. Rothbard. The quality of the essays in this book is astounding. You will not think the same way ever again after reading “Anatomy of the State” and “War, Peace, and the State,” to name just two.
After you read these, I recommend the following:
A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Hoppe’s books put everything together for me.
The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. This book blew me away when I first read it. Its title makes it sound dull. It is one of the most intellectually exciting books I have ever read.
Man, Economy, and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles, by Murray N. Rothbard. This one, and the two that follow, are for the especially ambitious. This is a systematic exposition of Austrian economics. The sheer elegance of the Austrian system is on impressive display here.
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, by Ludwig von Mises. (Some disagree with me, but I favor beginning with Rothbard before moving on to Human Action.)
Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles, by Jesús Huerta de Soto. Here is the Austrian theory on money, banking, and business cycles, presented in systematic fashion, and compared with the Chicago and Keynesian alternatives. I have a friend who was so impressed by this book that he learned Spanish so he could pursue his Ph.D. under the author in Spain.
This list will be ever growing.
Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals
Completed List for 2017
- Animal Farm by George Orwell – Week 51 of 2016
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – Week 52 of 2016
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – Week 1 of 2017
- What Has Government Done To Our Money? by Murray Rothbard – Week 2 of 2017
- The RQ Factor by Todd Bagley & Mike Brenhaug – Week 3 of 2017
- Education Without The State by Tom Wood – Week 4 of 2017
- Hegemony Or Survival by Noam Chomsky – Week 6 of 2017
- Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt – 3/12/2017
- How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, by Peter Schiff – 3/16/2017
- The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul – 3/23/2017 (Audible)
- Why Salespeople Fail…and what you can do about it!, by Sandler Training – 3/23/2017
- The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, by Philip Zimbardo – 4/30/2017
- The Time Paradox, by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd – 5/06/2017
- The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich Hayek – 5/21/2017 (Audible)
- Your Facebook Friends are Wrong About Health Care, by Tom Woods – 5/22/2017
- The Honorable Relationship Myth by John Lee 6/21/2017
- Subtle art of not Giving a F – M.M.
- Tipping Point – Gladwell
- The Sandler Rules
- Extreme Ownership – Jocko
- Start with Why – Sinek
- Leaders Eat Last – Sinek
- Give and Take – Grant
- Think Differently – Bible Study
- Originals – Grant
- The Charge – Burchard
- Option B – Sandberg
- Deep Work – Newport
- Originals – Grant
- David and Galieth – Gladwell
- PIG – American History – Thomas Woods