There are far worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Ideas must be challenged. Those who do not question their ideas cannot properly defend them, nor can they progress intellectually. Read things you disagree with. You may learn something, and if nothing else understand why you believe what you do. The truth is always defensible and an ignorant mind is a vulnerable mind. Most of the suggestions made here are done so with the assumption that the intended audience is moderately well-read and looking to expand their intellectual grasp. I’m not interested in yet another list of books that should have been read in high school or even college. Consider this a resource for those who have put in the time and work to actually become well-read. Leave the ignorance to the communists.
“You may be banished to the end of the earth, and yet in whatever outlandish corner of the world you may find yourself stationed, you will find that place, whatever it may be like, a hospitable home. Where you arrive does not matter so much as what sort of person you are when you arrive there.” Essential reading for those looking for the exit sign on the emotional, irrational internet culture now writ large in politics and society. Eminently applicable ideas in your day-to-day life and provides a solid explanation of Stoic philosophy.
The Principles of Morals and Legislation – Jeremy Bentham
Essential to understanding the libertarian wünderkind John Stuart Mill, Bentham was the godfather of utilitarianism. Most of the ancaps you meet will be quite dismayed to learn the roots of their movement lie in the same cesspool that Hegel, Marx and dear Uncle Joe of (((Russian))) Revolutionary fame drank so deeply from. First principles matter, those without an anchor become quickly adrift in the sea of morality. Humanism will always be a cultural death sentence.
Those with a working knowledge of Smith, Hayek and Keynes will do well to read Polanyi. He recognizes economics as having an X factor, that of a social aspect. I admire Hayek immensely, but both he and Smith too often veer into esoteric themes that fail to account for the social effects of economic policy. A contemporary of Hayek, Polanyi published his work during the same time as Road to Serfdom. It’s worth noting that this work came out soon after the conclusion of WWII, as capitalism began to untether itself in America.
The Singularity Is Near – Ray Kurzweil
This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. The money and talent assembled behind the idea of transhumanism should give pause to the scoffs of conspiracy theories and far-fetched idea. The last two decades have seen enormous strides in AI, robotics and other technological advances. It is worth having a working knowledge of what many of the tech-giants believe to understand the goals they seek. If nothing else this will convince you that these are not the people you want directing the next economic revolution.
Suggestions from people I respect:
“What would the Great Apostle of the nations say if today he saw Catholics decorating themselves with the title of Liberal, that term stands in such a violent and open antithesis to All that is Catholic? It is not merely a question of words, of what words represent. It is a question of truth and salvation. No, you cannot to be a Liberal Catholic; incompatible’s cannot be reconciled.” Dr. Don Felix Sarda y Salvany was a priest and author, born in 1844 near Barcelona. Over the course of forty years, he discussed all the current issues of his time with the understanding of the Catholic faith, as director of the Revista periodical. His potent work entitled Liberalism Is a Sin succeeds in exposing, in very clear terms, the intrinsic evil of liberalism and Catholic liberalism.
[NCscout] The Devil’s Guard – George R. Elford
The story of a former German Waffen-SS officer’s string of near-constant combat that begins on World War II’s eastern front and continues into the book’s focus—the First Indochina War, as an officer in the French Foreign Legion. The book is presented by the author as nonfiction but that label is contested. An interesting look into the fate and lives of the Fatherland’s ronin post-1945.
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Joint Op between 144:1 and the Virginia Freeman Society
You can’t conquer a free man;the most you can do is kill him.
Combining both the Labarum symbol and the infamous Mandalorian skull, this patch was designed in collaboration with Jesse James from Virginia Freeman’s Society. The Labarum was most famously used by Constantine the Great, reunifier of the Roman Empire and instrumental in the Edict of Milan. A political and religious free thinker, his economic and political reforms postponed the fall of Rome for generations. His leadership would become the standard by which monarchs were judged by for a millennia. The Mandalorian skull is a representation of an outlaw brotherhood that holds honor and shared culture as a sacred bond, directly contravening the prevailing political forces of the time. In a faceless, nameless society they represent the last of the old ways. Show your support for VFS and upgrade your patch collection. In an age of groupthink…be an outlaw.
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