Recommended Reading

Blogs & Websites

The Adam Smith Institute

http://www.adamsmith.org

A punchy daily blog & less frequent longer pieces

 

The Institute of Economic Affairs

https://iea.org.uk

Weightier but less frequent blog posts. Anything by Ryan Bourne, Kristian Niemietz or Len Shackleton is invariably quality. Also features sporadic longer reports.

 

The Independent Whig

https://theindependentwhig.com

Quality. Written by a Big Deal using a pen name

 

CapX

http://capx.co

good mix of writers and wide range of topics

 

Reaction

http://reaction.life

Regular and amusing pieces centred on UK politics, featuring the very good Ian Martin

 

Frederick Bastiat

The only Frenchman ever to understand economics?

http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss.html

http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basLaw.html

 

Podcasts

Waking up with Sam Harris

Some of the episodes are conversations with interesting people, some of them are monologues.

Topics include science, technology, religion, morality, and psychology – all from the humanist/naturalist point of view.

His style is intense, inquisitive and with a laser-like precision using a very impressive vocabulary.

Once you’ve experienced these, many TED talks can seem boring, lightweight and wishy-washy in comparison.

 

Books

Below I list some books which have influenced me. If you’ve already read some of them, I suspect you’ll have detected their echoes in some of my posts. I have tried to categorise them by theme.

Psychology, Cognitive Biases & Behavioural Economics:

Thinking Fast & Slow – Daniel Kahnemann

Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland

Why We Bite the Invisible Hand – Peter Foster

The God Delusion –  Richard Dawkins

 

Economics & Human Evolution:

Second Nature – Haim Ofek

 

Political Philosophy:

The Road to Serfdom – F.A. Hayek

The fatal conceit – F.A. Hayek

The Open Society and its Enemies (Volumes I & II) – Karl Popper

Heavy going, but majestic.

Capitalism and Freedom – Milton Friedman

The Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith

Don’t read the whole thing – the good bits are infrequent and the rest is too dry. Make sure you’ve read a synopsis and are familiar with the best bits, which are essential

 

Finance:

The (mis)behaviour of Markets – Benoit B Mandelbrot

Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein

This Time is Different – Reinhart & Rogoff

The Big Short – Michael Lewis

 

History:

The Rise and Fall of Communism – Archie Brown

How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters – Dan Hannan

The Ascent of Money – Niall Ferguson