Blogs & Websites
The Adam Smith Institute
A punchy daily blog & less frequent longer pieces
The Institute of Economic Affairs
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
Quality. Written by a Big Deal using a pen name
good mix of writers and wide range of topics
Regular and amusing pieces centred on UK politics, featuring the very good Ian Martin
The only Frenchman ever to understand economics?
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.
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
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
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
The Rise and Fall of Communism – Archie Brown
How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters – Dan Hannan
The Ascent of Money – Niall Ferguson