Category Archives: Books

Mercantilism is Dumb

I usually try to make Great Books Project posts on Mondays, but the hurricane delayed last week’s post until Wednesday, and I am in catch-up mode. In the meantime, it was easy for me to knock out this econ post. … Continue reading

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Napoleon Blows Things Up

This past week’s readings included many explosions and attempts to immanentize the eschaton. I expect more of the same this week. Let’s begin. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book XI, Chapters … Continue reading

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Profit, Loss, and Entrepreneurship

Week 9 of the Mises Institute’s Home Study Course in Austrian Economics includes one audio lecture and three book chapters dealing with profit, loss, and entrepreneurship. “Profit, Loss, and Entrepreneurship” by Joseph Salerno: Salerno says that all action is entrepreneurship … Continue reading

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Scientist Works Way Back to God

Big news in the Great Books Project today: we are cracking open a new volume, something we haven’t done since beginning War and Peace. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book X, Chapters … Continue reading

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My First Piece at the University Bookman

I have a new book review that is available online. It’s my first piece ever for the University Bookman, the review journal that Russell Kirk started and is now published by the Kirk Center in Michigan. The review covers Allen Mendenhall’s Of … Continue reading

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Back to War with the Little Corporal

Last week we passed 22,500 pages of reading in the Great Books Project. We also have a new work to consider this week, something I know will be a breath of fresh air. Let’s get to it. Here are the … Continue reading

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The Essential Von Mises

The introductory unit of George Reisman’s study program includes about 60 pages of reading from the appendices to the 4th edition of Ludwig von Mises’s Planning for Freedom. Roughly the first 40 pages of this material is Murray Rothbard’s 1973 essay … Continue reading

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Adam Knew Everything

There were several downers in last week’s readings for the Great Books Project–broken engagements, creation of governments, etc.–but we soldier on, undeterred. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book IX (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Capital

Week 8 of the Mises Institute’s Home Study Course in Austrian Economics includes one audio lecture and one book chapter dealing with capital. “Capital” by Bob Murphy: Following Rothbard, Murphy defines capital as “reproducible means of production.” He says that … Continue reading

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Nasty, Brutish, and Short?

Heavy things to discuss in the Great Books Project this week, things like life in a state of savagery. Let’s get to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book VIII (GBWW … Continue reading

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