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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    I did not see the following book in the list and I cannot find a link or a place that sells the "Citizen Handbook - An End to the Crime of Government by John Conway

    Any body have a link?
    I searched, no luck either.

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    There are a bunch of books on this list which I do not find particularly relevant to liberty. In fiction:

    Aeneid, The by Virgil
    Catcher in the Rye, The by J. D. Salinger
    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Dracula by Bram Stoker
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Grapes of Wrath, The by John Steinbeck
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Iliad, The by Homer
    Invisible Man, The by Ralph Ellison
    Iron Heel, The by Jack London
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Monkey Wrench Gang, The by Edward Abbey
    Odyssey, The by Homer
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Explanations: Almost any work can be related to freedom somehow, from Back to the Future to Karate Kid, but that doesn't mean the relation is strong or important. Look, Aeneid, Iliad, and Oddessy are classics, no doubt about it, and if this was just a list of "books every educated person should read" then OK, but it's supposed to be about liberty specifically. These aren't. Jekyll, Dracula, Frankenstein all have something in common but liberty isn't it. Steinbeck is not pro-freedom, I'm sorry, he just isn't. Mice and Men is just completely anti-businessman "progressive"/Marxist junk with apparently helpless, worthless protagonists. Lord ofthe Flies is positively anti-freedom (look at what horrible things happen if you have freedom! Never consider they could've set up property rights to beat the tragedy of the commons). The Iron Heel, also strongly anti-freedom. With Catcher, East, Great, Gulliver, Invisible, Cuckoo, Mockingbird, it's like we just went down an American high school curriculum list. Any connection in these books to liberty would be a stretch and it's definitely not the main thrust of the books. I love Heinlein but of all his books Stranger has about the least liberty content. Thought-provoking book for sure but not important in the literature of liberty.

    So, I propose these for excisement.

    Listed below are books with which I'm not familiar enough and may be pro-freedom or may not, so others, please speak for them:

    Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    Brothers Karamazov, The by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Clockwork Orange, A by Anthony Burgess
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
    Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
    Envy by Yuri Olesha
    Fool's Progress, The by Edward Abbey
    Gilded Age, The: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
    Island by Aldous Huxley
    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Last Town on Earth, The by Thomas Mullen
    Letters From the Earth by Mark Twain
    Lost Horizon by James Hilton
    Master and Margarita, The by Mikhail Bulgakov
    Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    On the Beach by Nevil Shute
    Plague, The by Albert Camus
    Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
    Practical Princess, The by Jay Williams
    Publicani by Zak Maymin
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Tale of Two Cities, A by Charles Dickens
    World Inside, The by Robert Silverberg

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  5. #33
    Rather than wait who-knows-how-long for a reply, I'm going to go ahead and edit the list, and you can always revert back if you don't like it.

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    Hmm, never mind: the time limit has expired and the article can no longer be edited.

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    was gonna add nullification but can't edit.

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    Bumping this for those members who haven't been around long enough to see it. This is a valuable resource.
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    Does anyone know about a Patriot's History of the United states by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. I am not sure if it is really a Patriots version or if it is the neo-con version of History and was curious if anyone had read it

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    An addition to the list: Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. While he tends to ignore Republican fascism to focus only on Democrats, the book is an invaluable resource for understand the really evil roots of left wing fascism in the Democratic Party.

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    Has anyone read:

    The Morality of Capitalism, What Your Professors Won't Tell You


    After the Welfare State

    Both are quick reads and they are free to download via the links. Students for Liberty gave my uni's YAL chapter boxes upon boxes of print copies to give out. I'm hoping people actually read them.

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    Bryan, please sticky this thread in this sub-forum. Thanks!

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    The Disinherited by Jack Conroy
    the Lottery in Babylon short story by Borges

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    i wonder how long it would take to read all those books.

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    I have over 100 books compiled mostly from the mises institute

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    Would this one qualify?... Power and morality : who shall guard the guardians? / by Pitirim A Sorokin, Walter A. Lunden

    excerpt here...

    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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