Frederic Bastiat (Economic Harmonies)

    A classic, first published in 1850.  The doctrine of this book is the great truth that

    lies at the foundation of all human society, namely that the interests of all men are

    fundamentally compatible.  Mankind can live in peace and prosperity provided

    that violence or the threat of violence is reserved exclusively for the maintenance,

     by the state, of a free market in which goods and services are voluntarily

     exchanged without coercion from any quarter.


Bill Bennett (Book of virtues)

      Responsibility.  Courage.  Compassion. Loyalty. Honesty.  Friendship. Persistence.

      Hard work. Self-discipline.  Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of

      good character.  In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer

      them examples of good and bad, right and wrong.  And the best place to find them is

      in great works of literature and in exemplary stories from history.


       In the Book of Virtues, Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in an instructive

       and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character  —

       and help adults teach them.


Judge Robert Bork (Slouching to Gomorrah)

       Offers a view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that

       its very foundation is crumbling.  To understand the plight, we must look to

       the sixties, a decade in which the moral integrity of our nation came under

       full-blown assault.  Subsequently our cultural institutions have been taken

       over or heavily modified by the folks who tried to destroy them in the sixties.

       The decay can only be halted by opposing modern liberalism in every arena.


Allen Drury (Advise and Consent series)

     Fiction which provides interesting insight into the way things work in Washington.


Milton Friedman (Free to choose)

       Published around the time of Reagans election in 1980, and perhaps helpful

       to Reagan’s cause.  Co-authored with Friedman’s wife, Rose.  Shows how our

       freedom has been eroded and our prosperity undermined (in 1980) through

       the explosion of laws, regulations, agencies, and spending in Washington,

       and how good intentions produce deplorable results when government is

       the middleman.  The Friedmans then tell us what to do if we want to expand

       our freedom and promote prosperity.  Unfortunately these recommendations

       have not been followed and things are much worse now than they were in 1980.


Newt Gingrich (Breakout, To try men’s souls)

       Breakout explains how America is poised for one of the most spectacular leaps

       in human well-being in history.  Provided this is not stopped by luddites who

       have a stake in the status quo.


       To try men’s souls is “faction”, co authored with William Forstchen.  It focuses

       on the Revolutionary War, and in particular Washingtons crossing of the

       Delaware River.  Very readable and informative.  There are additional books

       in this series which are equally good.


Daniel Hannan (The new Road to Serfdom, Inventing Freedom)

       Daniel Hannan has been a member of the European Parliament representing South

       East England for the Conservative Party since 1999.  He has spoken at CPAC.

       In “The New Road to Serfdom”, he urges Americans not to abandon the principles

       that have made our country great.  In “Inventing Freedom” Hannan gives an  

       account of the historical origin and spread of these principles and their role in  

       creating economic and political liberty.


Sean Hannity (Conservative Victory)

       Hannity exposes the current campaign to dismantle the American free-market

       system and forfeit our national sovereignty.  He draws on examples of

       Ronald Reagan and the Contract with America to show how Conservatives

       can unite behind this country’s most cherished principles and act to get

       America back on the right track.


David Horowitz (Black Book of the American Left)

       Written by a former member of the new left who changed sides.


Arthur Laffer (The end of Prosperity)

      Laffer is the father of supply-side economics and a member of President Reagan’s

      Economics Policy Advisory Board.  He warns that we risk losing the exceptional

      standard of living that have made us the envy of the rest of the world if the pro-

      growth policies of the last 25 years are reversed (lower tax rates, more economic

      freedom, and sound money).  The book was published in 2008, and it appears in

     2014 that Laffer got it right.


Mark Levin (Liberty and Tyranny, The Liberty Amendments)

       In Libety and Tyranny, Levin makes the case that the principles undergirding

       our society and governmental system are unraveling.


       In the Liberty Amendments, Levin turns to the founding fathers and the

       Constitution for guidance in restoring the American Republic.


Federalist Papers (Madison et al)

     A collection of papers published at the time the Constitution was written.  These

     give insights into the thoughts of the framers about various relevant issues.


George Orwell (Animal Farm, 1984)

       “Animal Farm” is the Russian Revolution with animals.  One quote is “all animals

       are equal, but pigs are more equal”.  The slogan on the wall of the barn was

       changed to this under the watchful eye of the police dogs.  Then the sheep

       bleated the new slogan, and pretty soon the animals forgot the old slogan.


       “1984” was written in the 1930s about a future society ruled by big brother.  The

       hero works in the ministry of truth getting rid of all the history about events that

       big brother has decided did not happen.  Big brothers slogans are “war is peace”,

       “freedom is slavery”, and “ignorance is strength”.


  1. Northcote Parkinson (Parkinsons Law)


     First articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as part of the first sentence of a

     humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955, it was later reprinted together

     with other essays in the book Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress (London,

     John Murray, 1958). He derived the dictum from his extensive experience in the

     British Civil Service.


     The current form of the law is not that which Parkinson refers to by that name in the

     article. Rather, he assigns to the term a mathematical equation describing the rate at

     which bureaucracies expand over time. Much of the essay is dedicated to a summary

     of purportedly scientific observations supporting his law, such as the increase in the

     number of employees at the Colonial Office while Great Britain’s overseas empire

     declined (indeed, he shows that the Colonial Office had its greatest number of staff at

     the point when it was folded into the Foreign Office because of a lack of colonies to

     administer). He explains this growth by two forces: (1) “An official wants to multiply

     subordinates, not rivals” and (2) “Officials make work for each other.” He notes in

     particular that the total of those employed inside a bureaucracy rose by 5–7% per year

     “irrespective of any variation in the amount of work (if any) to be done”.


Ayn Rand (Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged)

       Ayn Rand is more than just an author – she is a philosopher and her philosophy is

        called individualism.  In her first book, “the Fountainhead”, she develops her notion

        of a “perfect individual”  Then, in her 2nd book, “Atlas Shrugged”,  she develops   

        her notion of a “perfect society” with such perfect individuals.                                         


Adam Smith (Wealth of Nations)

      A classic first published in 1778.  It is a recipe for national prosperity that has not

     been bettered since, based on small government and the freedom of citizens

     to act in their own best interests.


Mark Steyn (America Alone)

       In America Alone, Steyn looks at demographics and concludes that the muslim

       population is growing at a far faster rate than population is growing in the western

       countrys.  He argues that we need to be mindful of this or the character of our     

       democratic institutions will eventually become more closely aligned with

       Islamic law and culture.


Clarence Thomas  (My Grandfather’s Son)

      An inspiring story of Clarence Thomas’s journey from poverty to the Supreme Court.


Ludwig Von Mises (Human Action)

      Argues that socialist economy is economic irrationality and socialist planning a

      prescription for chaos.   Pro free markets, private property, and profit motive.