Hearty Meal

As readers of this Blog well know, I consider radio and TV to be poor sources for information on politics and economics. These are mass IVs for the masses, to keep them sedated and create only the illusion of debate. It's like eating only doughnuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Want a real meal? Read a book! Read multiple books including those with views you find uncomfortable. Be omnivorous.

The great thing about a book is that the author has you for ten hours to really expound his or her viewpoint thoroughly.

I have recently just finished "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein. While I do not think her conclusions are completely right, I have a profound human respect for this author. I have a sense that I have concluded course 104. I have read, carefully and multiple times in some cases, at least a stack three feet thick of books on society, economics, monetary policy, and foreign policy.

Here is a list of books, that if you read them all, I would consider you well-versed. Some of these titles may make you uncomfortable. Good.

Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Meltdown by Tom Woods
The Revolution by Ron Paul (and End the Fed)
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Leave Us Alone by Grover Norquist

And if you're up for a really depressing read: Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano.

I don't necessarily agree with all of these viewpoints. I am just saying they give a better understanding. They each give a greater and deeper context for the other.



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