Book Commentary: The Philip K. Dick Reader

Philip K. Dick is best known outside of the literary community for things he inspired: Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall were all extremely successful movies based on his short stories, and Amazon’s hit show Man in the High Castle expanded upon what many consider the best science fiction book of all time. Yes, Dick […]

“Battle Cry”

I’m almost done with “Battle Cry of Freedom”, which is the fourth installment of the Oxford History of the United States. The book focuses on the Civil War, and like its predecessors, seamlessly flips between macro/strategic and micro/personal insights. McPherson did his homework and dug up some incredible quotes. This northern soldier’s account of battle […]

Book Brief: “Crossroads for Liberty”

Crossroads for Liberty: Rediscovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution-William J. Watkins, Jr. (Amazon) Watkins–a trained lawyer and current research fellow at the libertarian Independent Institute–seemingly has two goals with this book. Primarily, “Crossroads” is an attempt to inform readers about the Articles of Confederation and salvage its reputation. Secondarily, and with far, far […]

Book Commentary: “Liberty’s First Crisis”

Liberty’s First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech-Charles Slack (Amazon) The Alien and Sedition Acts are widely recognized as some of the worst laws ever enacted  by our government, synonymous with the Fugitive Slave Act and Executive Order 9066 (which imprisoned Japanese-Americans during World War II). Slack’s Liberty’s First Crisis attempts […]

Book Review: Delusions of Power

Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy by Robert Higgs (The Independent Institute, 2012). Robert Higgs, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, is among the most frequently cited scholars in limited government circles. With a background in economics and history, Higgs’ reputation proceeds him among most who likely will read […]

Book Review: Capitalism and Freedom

The following was initially posted on Yi! News on April 20, 2013 Capitalism and Freedom – – Milton Friedman (University of Chicago Press, 1962) Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize-winning economist whose influence cannot be overstated. If you’ve read a single op-ed in the Wall Street Journal; if you’ve read a single economics textbook; if you’ve listened to a single elected officeholder extol the […]