Krauthammer — Things That Matter

Tom Lester comments on Charles Krauthammer’s book Things That Matter: There’s always the tendency, if one likes a book, to recommend that it be read by a larger audience. I’m a relative newcomer to Krauthammer’s articles but as I read his first book it’s apparent of his consistency and clarity of thought he’s exhibited over the past thirty years. The book [...]

The Liberty Amendments

Regular readers of this website know that Tom Lester sometimes contributes guest posts. Mr. Lester provides his latest, a review of Mark Levin’s recent book: The Liberty Amendments by Mark R. Levin I consider Mark Levin as probably one of the most knowledgeable constitutional attorneys in the United States.  He has written a couple of books, namely Liberty and Tyranny [...]


Tom Lester presents a book review of Amity Shlaes Coolidge: Coolidge by Amity Shlaes Remembering my school room studies of American history, Calvin Coolidge’s presidency garnered a sparse paragraph.  I do recall “Silent Cal” and that Coolidge came into office when President Warren Harding died unexpectedly.  Compare that with Shlaes’ volumonous 456 page biography with another 109 pages of acknowledgements, note [...]

Lew Rockwell Praises David Stockman’s Book

Lew Rockwell provides a very favorable review of David Stockman’s new book The Great Deformation. As mentioned regarding Mr. Stockman’s NY Times Op-Ed piece, he managed to anger both ends of the political spectrum. That is usually possible only by libertarians, a position Mr. Rockwell holds dear. Mr. Rockwell is unusually complimentary, as evidenced by the following statement: This is truly [...]

Recommended Books

Simon Black supplies his list of books to better understand the world: The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek The Godfather of the Austrian School of economics, Hayek explains the vitality and necessity of economic freedom better than anything else I’ve read. Read/Download for free at the Mises Institute  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand This book teaches you the basic principles of [...]

This Book Needs A Title

Let’s see how creative readers can be. Provide a caption for this picture: A reader submitted it with one: New paperback just out: “Understanding Women” I think readers can improve on that. Here are a few more from me: “IRS Code Streamlined,” “The Obama Family Vacations” or “Economic Principles Unknown In Washington.” Submit yours.

Begin A Library

For those interested in learning more about Austrian Economics, look at Arguably it is the best site to learn about free markets and liberty and the advantages that accrue therefrom. There are thousands of articles and books on-line and downloadable. For scholars and laymen it represents an incredible resource. An example of a recent offering of readings is shown here. All [...]

Money, Banking and Business Cycles

For anyone interested in learning about Money, Banking and Business Cycles, I highly recommend this book. It is massive and an excellent treatment of the subjects from an Austrian perspective. Furthermore, its price is about 1/3 of what I paid. Outstanding bargain and outstanding presentation. Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles Only a few 2nd edition copies remain! Get them [...]

Book Suggestion — The Ominous Parallels

Some recent posts have dealt with our oppressive government. They merely point out what others have long ago. Readers of Austrian economics are familiar with these problems. Warnings began virtually with the inception of the study of human nature. For the Austrians, whether you date that as the Spanish Scholastics or Carl Menger, the benefits of freedom were clear. So were the inefficiencies [...]

Tom Sowell’s Book Recommendations

Thomas Sowell recommends a list of books around Christmas time. His current list is out along with his comments. Here is one on Theodore Dalrymple: My all-time favorite among Theodore Dalrymple’s books is “Life at the Bottom.” (Buy the book in Kindle Edition for $5.00 by clicking here) It is based on his chilling experiences working in a low-income, predominantly white neighborhood in [...]

In Defense of Ayn Rand

My recent post regarding Atlas Shrugging produced a well-written comment from reader Michael Brown (website here). Mr. Brown is an obvious Ayn Rand supporter (as am I mostly) and presents some interesting perspective on Ms. Rand. For those Rand supporter or bashers, these comments are reproduced: Contrary to so much of the disinformation out there about her, it isn’t the [...]

Atlas Is Shrugging In The US And Flexing His Muscles Elsewhere

Ayn Rand was mostly correct when she wrote her magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged.” She was incorrect in one important area. She assumed the final option for the wealthy and entrepreneurial class was to go on “strike” and retire to Galt’s Gulch. In the modern world the movers and shakers don’t strike, they migrate. Atlas is shrugging in the US. Capital is [...]