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Spring 2000 Books

Philosophy: an excellent way to take
one's mind off of Tech. Existentialism
is a superb idea to get your mind
working. A Capella (sic) books treated
me nice today with a large Neitzsche
compilation, 2 Descartes compilations,
and two works by Jose Ortega. No
Dostoevsky was too be found, sadly,
nor was there any Kafka. Kant has some
hip works in the mathematical kinda
deal. Sartre... is Sartre. Excellent
stuff. Kierkregaard: That Individual.
Heidegger. Check these out. Live
Dangerously. This is excellent food
for the mind. If you're hip to this
kinda stuff, shoot me some mail. I'm
always up for good conversation over
a drink or some coffee.

I like Kafka. I even have one of those complete works books. Although I have to admit that I haven't read all of it yet. Ever read Zen and the Art of Motercycle Maintence? I recommend it.

Libertarian Fiction:


Unintended Consequences, John Ross
Excellent book, made all the more impressive by the fact that it is the author's first. It chronicles the events leading up to and including a counterattack against the Federal Government by a group of inidivdualists who have grown tired of its war on Liberty. The book is very well-researched, and is filled with interesting information on guns, gun control, and the erosion of Liberty in the United States. Besides, what is there not to love about a book whose cover has a picture of a storm trooper raping Justice?

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Considered by many to be the greatest libertarian novel of all time, despite Rand's repeated and vehement denial of being a libertarian. Atlas Shrugged tells the story of Dagny Taggart's quest to find and stop the man who is stopping the motor of the world. At first, the plot appears to be a disintegrated mess of contradictions, but it slowly resolves itself into a fully-consistent whole through the course of the book's 1200 pages. IMO, this is the greatest novel of all time, libertarian or otherwise.

Alongside Night, J. Neil Schulman
A chronicle of the last days of the United States government from the point of view of a seventeen-year-old boy caught up in an anarchist revolution after the government takes his family hostage due to his father's outspoken support of free-market principles. While it's no Atlas Shrugged, it makes for an interesting and fairly quick read. I believe it was the winner of a Prometheus Award.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
Written back in the '60s (I think), this is one of the classics of libertarian fiction. Heinlein's style is a bit too casual for my taste, but his interesting plots, pro-freedom leanings, and benevolent outlook on life more than make up for that. TMIAHM is set in the not-too-distant future, when Luna (The Moon) is a penal colony ruled under the iron fist of The Warden, a Terran sent up to keep the Loonies in line. Of course, the Loonies rise up and overthrow the Warden, but that's fairly simple compared to preventing the Terrans from enacting retribution.

Other great books by Heinlein include Stranger in a Strange Land and Time Enough for Love.

Brandon Berg



sounds like we need to go have a drink at the fountainhead, brandon.
Kyle Randolph


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