Category Archives: Books and writing

Was Peter FitzSimons robbed?

The Top Ten Most Influential Books of All Time. 10. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890), Alfred Thayer Mahan 9. History of the Peloponnesian War (5th century B.C.), Thucydides 8. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (1543), … Continue reading

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The future will be nothing like we can imagine it today

I have just picked up a second-hand copy of the third edition of Percival Marshall’s Flying-Machines – Past, Present & Future, as pictured above. It’s the first time I have ever heard of the book. Near as I can tell … Continue reading

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Cover text comments revised

I am very grateful for the comments on my previous post, ‘Classical Economic Theory and the Modern Economy’ cover text comments, thoughts and suggestions sought with special thanks to Gerry on how to begin the text, which was also the … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Classical Economics | 4 Comments

Donald Trump jokes

I’ve just finished a quite interesting book on jokes from behind the Iron Curtain: Hammer And Tickle: A History Of Communism Told Through Communist Jokes. It looks at the jokes themselves; the evolution of these jokes as communism aged and … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Politics of the Left | 26 Comments

Read all about it …

As many Cats know my RMIT colleagues and I set up a Blockchain Innovation Hub a couple of years ago and have been working in that space. One of the things that we have tried to do is develop a … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Cryptoeconomics, Gratuitous Advertising | 9 Comments

The best airplane book ever

Bought a pre-publication copy at Freedomfest, even had it signed, and then read it all the way home. But that wasn’t what was so extraordinary. No matter who I sat next to, so soon as they had seen the title, … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Politics, Socialism | 14 Comments

If you’d like to buy a copy of Free Market Economics

FMD. $499.34 for Kates book That’s from Chris, at the comments on Told Ya So. It’s the kind of pricing that seems, to me, aimed at discouraging anyone from buying a copy. On the other hand, it is a copy … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Economics and economy | 9 Comments

Why surprised?

Scott Sumner (yes – that Scott Sumner) has linked to an interview with Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin. In the interview Liu got asked about some political issues relating to China. The answers Liu gave were not to Sumner’s satisfaction.  These … Continue reading

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Corruption and criminality

A fantastic series of posts from today that outline not just the corruption but outright criminality among the left in the United States in which they have used the levers of the Federal Government to attack their enemies and benefit … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Books and writing, Politics of the Left | 18 Comments

Inventing the individual has a long history

Here’s a book you might consider if you are interested in seeing the world in a different way: Inventing the Individual. It was brought to our attention by Roger on a previous post, who wrote in the comments: Read Larry Siedentop’s … Continue reading

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