Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Books and desert islands

Tagged by Jay:

Number of books: Combined collection with Mapmaster: around 5000 in addition to the internet.

Last Book Purchased: "Democracy in America" by Alexis De Tocqueville and currently bidding on ebay for - I'm not going to tell, as I want to win the auction.

Last Book I read:Um - I've had a few on the go for a while. "A Theory of Capitalism and Socialism" by Hans-Hermann Hoppe and currently reading "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" by Ayn Rand, a collection of essays which people obviously do not understand these days.

Five Books that mean a lot to me:
This reminds me of the cliched question: "If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island and could only bring one book, what would it be?" As of right now though, I would list the following, in no particular order:

1. "A Theory of Capitalism and Socialism" by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
Available in pdf format.

2. "The Road to Serfdom" by Fredrich Hayek.
For obliterating the left / right divide.

3. "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
For exposing hypocrisy and espousing common sense.

4. "Ceremonial Chemistry" by Thomas Szasz.
For those interested in the current nanny state craze, check this guy out. Although this particular title was written in 1974, his teachings are especially relevant today.

5. "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt.
Plain common sense. Ecomomics is more simple than the bureaucrats would like you to believe, of course. Available in pdf format.

And I deviate here and add a number 6:

The master: Dostoevsky - "Crime and Punishment"

Friedrich Nietzsche receives an honourable mention as well as Lysander Spooner, and Frederic Bastiat.

Tag Five more:

Drizzten from Magnifisyncopathological
Kate from Small Dead Animals
Darcey from Dust my Broom
Publius from God of the Copybook Headings
Kateland from The Last Amazon

and, .... Mapmaster up next.


Mike said...

Number of books: Enough to fill one container and part of another one.

Last purchased: Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov.

Last read: Shades of Right: Nativist and Fascist Politics in Canada 1920-1940 by Martin Robin

5 important books that occur to me right now, in no order:

The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban

1984, Buzz Hargrove

Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

Atlas Shrugged, Judy Rebick

Aditya said...

Pardon my ignorance but wasn't 1984 by orwell?