Discussion in 'Politics' started by Baruch Menachem, Feb 10, 2010.
Stupid cat pic....not worth the effort
What I have in my library
P J ORoarke
H L Mencken
F A Hayek
I had a subscription to Newsweek when I was in High School. They had an interesting feature back then where they had liberal writers do columns one week, conservatives the next.
Friedman split economics discourse with Paul Samuelson. Friedman was a funny, engaging, direct and clear writer. Paul Samuelson struck me as a pussyfooting bore.
One of my long held beliefs is that clearer thinking leads to better writing. Foggy thinking leads to muddy prose. Admiration for Friedman and Mencken leads me to try and emulate them any time I write on these matters. Not that I am as good as they were, but it tends to keep really embarrassing stuff down to a lower level.
Pickup some Harry Browne and Isaiah Berlin. You won't be disappointed.
Cat's worth more effort than you are..
I have about 50 books from the likes of Friedman, von Mises, Hayek, Bastiat, Hazlitt, etc., plus a bunch of Ayn Rand books, all purchased for my own consumption, and all purchased by my early 20s. I have only one book on my shelf from Keynes that I had to buy for my History of Economic Thought class back in university. I was a True Believer.
Then I found employment in the capital markets, and after spending nearly 20 years of actively participating in and watching how stocks, bonds, commodities, housing, etc., move, I have come to the conclusion that Keynes was more right than all the others. Often times, markets are efficient allocators of capital, rationally determining which industries and companies are deserved recipients of savers' funds to grow their businesses. But other times, markets are just batshit insane, acting without rhyme nor reason, like a squirrelly manic depressive.
October 2008 being a case in point.
So, how long have you known you were gay?
Here's what I have in my library:
Robert B. Parker
Separate names with a comma.