Preparedness!


Things to Think About!


The best way to prepare for life is to study and think about it. When you find youself in a mess, you should ask "How did we get into this mess, anyway? What can we do to avoid similar messes in the future, assuming we live through this one!" Some things to think about.

These books will give you an great deal to think about, over a very long time. Don't try to read them all at once. I haven't managed to read them all myself. Someday!

At any rate, here's enough problems and questions and answers to think about for a long time.


Why bureaucracy will likely destroy America, by John Silveira.

You Can't Fight a Culture War If You Ain't Got Any Culture, by L. Neil Smith.

Unanimous Consent and the Utopian Vision, by L. Neil Smith, a speech given at the December 1987 Future of Freedom Conference held at the Pacifica Hotel in Culver City, California.

Hard Times Ahead?, by Kurt Saxon.

The Dictatorship of the Intelligentsia, Or, How to Prevent Another Dark Age, by Kurt Saxon -- hard questions, hard answers.


Books


Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You!
by Edward Yourdon & Jennifer Yourdon
Paperback, 415 pages
Published by Prentice Hall Computer Books, 1998

Comment:
even though I've been a programmer for what feels like forever, I hadn't thought much about the Y2K problem until someone mentioned that Ed Yourdon was worried about it. I turned pale ....

Civil War II: The Coming Breakup of America
by Thomas W. Chittum
Paperback
Published by American Eagle Publications, 1997

Comment:
YIKES! Is this in our future? Could be, could be.

The Nine Nations of North America
by Joel Garreau, John Garreau
Paperback
Published by Avon Books, 1989

Comment:
if the US does break up, it might do so along these geographical/cultural lines. Or not.

The 500-Year Delta: What Happens After What Comes Next
by James Taylor, Jim Taylor, Watts Wacker, Howard Means
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published by Harperbusiness, 1997

Comment:
Does history run in cycles? If so, can we look at past cycles as a guide to predecting future cycles? And if we can, well, here's what's coming ... maybe.

The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
by William Strauss, Neil Howe
Paperback, 400 pages
Published by Broadway Books, January 1, 1998

Comment:
Does history run in cycles? If so, can we look at past cycles as a guide to predecting future cycles? And if we can, well, here's what's coming ... maybe. (I know, I know, same thing I said about the book before.)

Great Reckoning; Protect Yourself in the Coming Depression
by James Dale Davidson
Paperback
Published by Touchstone Books. 1994

Comment:
I'm trying to read this one right now. The author seems to ramble a bit too much, but every now and then he whacks you over the head with something ya just hadn't thought about.

The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State
by James Dale Davidson, William Rees-Mogg
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1997

Unintended Consequences
by John Ross
Hardcover, 863 pages
Published by Accurate Press, 1996

Comment:
the trouble with government is all actions have consequences, frequently unintended consequences

The Fundamental Ideas
by Dennis E. Bradford
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Hardcover
Published by Warren H Green, 1986

The Virtue of Liberty
by Tibor Machan
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Hardcover
Published by Foundation for Economic Education

Leisure: The Basis of Culture
by Josef Pieper
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Published by New American Library, 1987 (first published 1952)

Closing of the American Mind; How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students
by Allan Bloom
Paperback
Published by Touchstone Books, 1988

The Open Society and Its Enemies -- Volume 1: The Spell of Plato
by Karl R. Popper
Paperback
Published by Princeton Univ Press, 1966

The Open Society and Its Enemies -- Volume 2: The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath
by Karl Raimund Popper
Paperback
Published by Princeton Univ Press, 1966

The Modern Researcher
by Jacques Barzun & Henry F. Graff
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published by Houghton Mifflin Co, 1992

T.A.Z. the Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism
by Hakim Bey
Paperback
Published by Autonomedia, 1991

Survival Bartering
by Duncan Long
Paperback, 56 pages
Published by Loompanics Unlimited, 1986

Comment:
money? What money!

The Rape of the American Constitution
by Chuck Shiver
Paperback, 363 pages
Published by Loompanics Unlimited, 1995

Last of the Mountain Men
by Harold Peterson, Sylvan Hart
Paperback
Published by Backeddy Books, 1994

Comment:
you don't know what "primative living" means until you read this book. I don't think I could do that.

Beating the System: The Next American Revolution
by Larry Roth
Paperback
Published by Cheap Press, 1995

101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution: Ideas and Resources for Self-Liberation, Monkey Wrenching and Preparedness
by Claire Wolfe
Paperback
Published by Loompanics Unlimited, 1997

Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country
by Peter McWilliams
Hardcover, 815 pages
Published by Prelude Press, 1993

Did Big Brother Give You Permission to Go Wee-Wee
by Thomas F. Metzger, Thomas Metzger
Paperback, 136 pages
Published by Blue Dolphin Pub, 1995

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
by E. D. Hirsch
Paperback, 251 pages
Published by Vintage Books, 1988

The Schools We Need: And Why We Don't Have Them
by E. D. Hirsch
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published by Doubleday, 1996

The Evidence of the Senses: A Realist Theory of Perception
by David Kelley
Paperback, 262 pages
Published by Louisiana State Univ Pr, 1988

The Art of the Rifle
by Jeff Cooper
Hardcover
Published by Paladin Press, August 1997

Democracy in America
by Alexis De Tocqueville
Paperback (also Hardback and Mass-market Paperback editions)
Published by HarperCollins, 1988

The Story of Civilization.
by Will & Areal Durant
(12 vols, first published 1935-1975)
Vol. 1: Our Oriental Heritage
Vol. 2: The Life of Greece
Vol. 3: Caesar and Christ
Vol. 4: The Age of Faith
Vol. 5: The Renaissance
Vol. 6: The Reformation
Vol. 7: The Age of Reason Begins
Vol. 8: The Age of Louis XIV
Vol. 9: The Age of Voltaire
Vol. 10: Rousseau and Revolution
Vol. 11: The Age of Napoleon
Vol. 12: The Lessons of History

Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
Paperback
Published by MacMillan Publishing Company, 1997

The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought
by Mortimer J. Adler
Hardcover, 958 pages
Published by MacMillan Publishing Company, 1992

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Mass Market Paperback
Trade Paperback
Hardcover
Audio Cassette Abridged edition
Audio Cassette, volume 1
Audio Cassette, volume 2
Audio Cassette, volume 3
First published in 1957

Comment:
This novel is about the ultimate disaster: the collapse of civilization. It also presents a theory about how to prevent such things and how to build a better civilization while you're at it. Fascinating. The ideas in this novel will have your head buzzing for a long time, agree with them or not.

The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, Part One
by Bernard Bailyn (Editor)
Hardcover
Published by Library of America, 1993

The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederlist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, Part Two
by Bernard Bailyn (Editor)
Hardcover
Published by Library of America, 1993

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
by Bernard Bailyn
Paperback, 396 pages
Published by Belknap Press, 1992

The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas
by Carl L. Becker
Paperback
Published by Random House, 1958

The American Revolution
by Edward Countryman
Paperback, 280 pages
Published by Hill & Wang Pub, 1985

Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
by Paul Fussell
Paperback
Published by Oxford Univ Press, 1990

Bad Or, the Dumbing of America
by Paul Fussell
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Paperback
Published by Touchstone Books, 1992

Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America
by James Davison Hunter
Paperback, 432 pages
Published by Basic Books, 1992

Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
by Forrest McDonald
Paperback, 362 pages
Published by University Press of Kansas, 1986

Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier
by Roger D. McGrath
Paperback
Published by University of California Press, 1987

Comment:
Despite popular myth, the American West was not rooted in lawless violence. Where shared frontier values produced safe and peaceful communities, violence in American has instead stemmed from the modern, government-dominated city. -- publisher

Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
Paperback
Published by Lyle Stuart, 1989

Common Sense, the Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
by Thomas Paine
Paperback
Published by New American Library

History of the American Revolution
by David Ramsay, Davis Ransay, Lester H. Cohen
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Paperback
Published by Liberty Fund, 1990 (first published 1787)

A History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published by Harpercollins, 1998

Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties
by Paul Johnson
Paperback, 880 pages
Published by Harperperennial Library, 1992

Simple Rules for a Complex World
by Richard A. Epstein
Paperback, 384 pages
Published by Harvard Univ Press, 1997

For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization
by Charles Adams
Paperback
Published by Madison Books, 1994

How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World
by Nathan Rosenberg, & L.E. Birdzell
Paperback, 368 pages
Published by Basic Books (Short Discount), 1987

Killing the Spirit: Higher Education in America
by Page Smith
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Published by Viking Press, 1990

A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character
by Charles J. Sykes
Paperback
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1993

Profscam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education
by Charles J. Sykes
Paperback, 304 pages
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1990

Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add
by Charles J. Sykes
Paperback
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1996

Why Our Children Can't Read: And What We Can Do About It: A Scientific Revolution in Reading
by Diane McGuinness
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published by THe Free Press, 1997

The Politics of Envy: Statism As Theology
by Doug Bandow
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Hardcover
Published by Transaction Pub, 1994

The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington
by Doug Bandow
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Hardcover
Published by Transaction Pub, 1990

Comment:
Awfully expensive, but maybe you can find a used copy or a copy in a library.

Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes
by Jonathan Vankin
Paperback, 384 pages
Published by Illuminet Press, 1996

History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution
by Mercy Otis Warren
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Paperback
Published by Liberty Fund, 1988 (first published c. 1805)

Radicalism of the American Revolution
by Gordon S. Wood
Paperback
Published by Random House, 1993

Comment:
Shows how the revolution wasn't just by a few aristocrats for their own benefit, but extended to every level of society.

The Law
by Frederic Bastiat
Paperback
Published by Foundation for Economic Education, 1961

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
by Stephanie Coontz
Paperback
Published by Basic Books, 1993

Comment:
"Contrary to popular opinion Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary" -- author

The Morality Maze: An Introduction to Moral Ecology
by Neil M. Daniels
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published by Prometheus Books, 1991

Order Without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes
by Robert C. Ellickson
Paperback
Published by Harvard Univ Press, 1994

Comment:
The author, a Yale law professor, says "I did not appreciate how unimportant law can be when I embarked on this project."

Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain
by Richard A. Epstein
Paperback
Published by Harvard Univ Press, 1989

Comment:
Shows how individual rights are the only possible foundation for law & valid government

Profundity: A Universal Value
by Jean Gabbert Harrell
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Hardcover
Published by Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1992

College on Your Own: How You Can Get a College Education at Home
by Gene R. Hawes, & Gail Parker
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Published by Bantam Books, 1978
Comment:
A reading list to give yourself the equivalent of a college education. I've been trying to find myself a copy of this book for years.

The Constitution of Liberty
by Friedrich August Von Hayek, Friedrich Hayek
Paperback
Published by University of Chicago Press, 1978

Anarchy, State and Utopia
by Robert Nozick
Paperback, 384 pages
Published by Basic Books, 1977

The Nature of Rationality
by Robert Nozick
Paperback, 242 pages
Published by Princeton Univ Press, 1995

Good and Evil
by Richard Taylor
Paperback, 268 pages
Published by Prometheus Books, 1984

Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America
by Thomas G. West, Thomas West
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 1997

Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law
by Daniel A. Farber, Suzanna Sherry
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published by Oxford Univ Press, 1997

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History.
by Ibn Khaldun
Preface and Book I of his Universal History (Kitab al-'Ibar) written 1377.
Translated from the Arabic by Franz Rosenthal.
Volume 1; Abridged
Paperback, 465 pages
Published by Princeton Univ Press, 1969

The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
by Marshall T. Savage, Keith Spangle (illustrator), Arthur C. Clarke
Paperback, 508 pages (Also in hardback)
Published by Little Brown & Co, 1994

Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life
by David D. Friedman
Paperback, 320 pages (also in hardcover)
Published by HarperCollins, 1997

Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
by Jane Jacobs
Paperback, 236 pages
Published by Vintage Books, 1994

Comment:
There are two conflicting moral systems at work in the world: the Traders, and the Takers.

Cities and the Wealth of Nations; Principles of Economic Life
by Jane Jacobs
Paperback, 257 pages
Published by Vintage Books, 1985

An Essay on the History of Civil Society
by Adam Ferguson, (Fania Oz-Salzberger, Editor)
First published 1767
Paperback - 283 pages (also in a Hardcover edition)
Cambridge University Press, 1996

The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities
by Mancur Olson, Mascur Olson
Paperback Reprint edition
Yale University Press, 1984

Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution
by M. E. Bradford, introduction by Forrest McDonald
Hardcover - 165 pages
University of Georgia Press, 1993.


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