So as I alluded to in my last post, without the information in these books, the reading of which I am currently pushing as worthwhile ways to spend some time, we quickly become victims of our ignorance at the hands of the liars, the progressive pundits, and the popular agenda setters of NICE.
Here in Schloss Bernhart WE have bestowed OUR Imprimatur, that is, pronounced these writers to be worthwhile authors, uncontaminated by the progressive herd, and truly worthy of our consideration but your mileage may vary depending on how satisfied with the pablum provided by the MSM.
For sure, of course, if you are just completely happy with the daily media narrative and don’t want to think about the moral implications then God be with you and I hope you get a major wake-up call soon. I suspect if you got this far then you don’t fall into that particular slot, you know, the “They have eyes but will not see, they have ears but will not hear” crowd.
So we are still looking at History and no account would be complete without mentioning Warren H. Carroll‘s “A History of Christendom” in 6 volumes. This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print. How would a historical narrative read if the author began with these first principles: Truth exists; the Incarnation happened? This series is essential reading for those who consider the West worth defending.
Besides at least a general knowledge of History we also need some reasonable understanding of Economics and the way economies actually operate, as opposed to the delusional fantasies currently fashionable amongst our political masters. To this end, and given the veritable tsunami of publications purporting to be about “economics”, I will limit myself to listing authors I am personally familiar with.
In a sort of alphabetical order we have Claude Frederic Bastiat, Jesus Huerta de Soto, Niall Ferguson, Milton Friedman, Hans Hermann Hoppe, F.A. Hayek, Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, Ron Paul, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, David Stockman, Addison Wiggin. All of the above authors are readily and inexpensively available in electronic editions on the web. I will not even bother linking sources because it is too easy to just Google them all.
What other areas are essential to make sense of the Augean Stables that pass for social, philosophical and political commentary these days? Well, again, rather than list titles I will just list authors in a sort of alphabetical order starting with Whittaker Chambers, G.K. Chesterton, Dinesh D’ Souza, Nicholas Eberstadt, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Hazlitt, Immanuel Kant, Peter Kreeft, Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Eterne de la Boetie, Mark David Ledbetter, C.S. Lewis, John Locke, Thomas Paine, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas), John Henry Newman, Albert Jay Nock, Alex De Tocqueville,
So, that`s the short list of essential reading to understand what we see and hear around us every day. When everything seems confusing and doesn`t seem to make much sense you are not deluded or stupid. It IS confusing and senseless because the people reporting everything don`t know any better – that is, they themselves don`t actually know what the heck is going on either and they are just spouting whatever the teleprompter is spinning. And the folks writing for the teleprompter don`t know what they are writing about either, they are just writing copy to please their handlers.
Hell, if you can read a teleprompter, and are a member of a visible minority you can be President! In our culture, who needs to know anything like history or economics, or even the difference between right and wrong.
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.