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The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State​

James Dale Davidson, William Rees-Mogg


When the state finds itself unable to meet its committed expenditure by raising tax revenues, it will resort to other, more desperate measures. Among them is printing money. Governments have grown used to enjoying a monopoly over currency that they could depreciate at will. This arbitrary inflation has been a prominent feature of the monetary policy of all twentiethcentury states. Even the best national currency of the postwar period, the German mark, lost 71 percent of its value from January 1, 1949, through the end of June 1995. In the same period, the U.S. dollar lost 84 percent of its value.6 This inflation had the same effect as a tax on all who hold the currency. As we explore later, inflation as revenue option will be largely foreclosed by the emergence of cybermoney.
“New technologies will allow the holders of wealth to bypass the national monopolies that have issued and regulated money in the modern period. The state will continue to control the industrial-era printing presses, but their importance for controlling the world's wealth will be transcended by mathematical algorithms that have no physical existence. In the new millennium, cybermoney controlled by private markets will supersede flat money issued by governments. Only the poor will be victims of inflation.”

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The Sovereign Individual
James Dale Davidson, Lord William Rees-Mogg
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soli.deo.gloria

Robin
Orthodox Inquirer
"American Pilgrim" (Daryush Valizadeh)
"The Sayings of the Desert Fathers" (Benedicta Ward)
"Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco" (Peter Prekrestov)
"How Are We Saved?: The Understanding of Salvation in the Orthodox Tradition" (Kallistos Ware)
 

Solitarius

Sparrow
I'd like to recommend Campaigning in Kaffirland, Or Scenes & Adventures In The Kaffir War Of 1851-1852 by Captain W.R. King of the 74th Highlanders. It's on Archive.org, it's very well written, so much so that I printed it out. The Matabele Campaign by Robert Stephenson Baden Powell is also excellent. This is on Project Gutenberg.
 

Sword

Sparrow
Anyone ever read 'The camp of the saints'? I never have, but when I heard it was written in the 70s about the 3rd world overrunning europe/america and its 'far right propaganda' I figured I should check it out.
 

Grow Bag

Kingfisher
The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. This really is very, very good. I wasn't expecting such a good read from a Protestant. It's a good companion to Turning the Heart to God by Theophan the Recluse, which I'm re-reading.
 

Boizeau

Chicken
Orthodox
The favourite book threads can be a bit generic. I find it is much more fun to add some randomness - so what books do you happen to be reading at the moment?

I have five books that I am waiting for from Amazon. So they will get added to the following pretty soon.

But in the meantime - looking at my bookshelf - I have these on the go...

I am just about to start 'The Downfall of Money' (a new book about the hyperinflation in 1920's Germany).

I have 'Limits To Capital' by David Harvey. But not sure if I can be bothered starting it since these giant Marxist critiques of economics are pretty difficult to wade through. And I never feel as if I learn anything concrete. But it is an area I am interested in. So - who knows...

Just about to finish the new book out called 'The Everything Store' which is an indepth business biography of Amazon.

Have started 'Gross Domestic Problem' which is a look at the politics, problems, assumptions and issues surrounding the most important number in economics (ie Gross Domestic Product).

After the Amazon book - I will start a book called 'The Org' which is a management/sociological look at the reasons behind the organisation of most businesses.

After that I will dive into 'Brick by Brick' which is a business/management book discussing the dramatic turn around in the fortunes of Lego (and the company that makes it) over the past 15 years.

I have a large book which is a collection of blog posts by Seth Godin that I am going to work through whilst I am at work. Along with a few football books. I tend to dip in and out of 'easy' books whilst at work.

The five books from Amazon will get shuffled into the above as well. And I have an on again/off again interest in working through some philosophy books.

So - the philosophy books (such as a recent one on Aristotle and some old ones from Colin McGinn) may get thrown into the mix. But I am not sure.

Equally - I am not sure how many more Marxian critiques of capitalism I can be bothered with (at the moment).

Sorry for the ramble! Just wanted to give you a dip inside my messy head!

So - what books are you currently reading?

Cardguy

PS The books I am waiting for from Amazon.

One is 'Heart' by Dick Cheney which is a medical biography of Dick Cheney's history of heart problems. Alongside a history of the advances in heart surgery over the past 50 years.

Another is 'The Book of William' by Paul Collins. Paul Collins is my favourite writer - and this is a book discussing the interesting story behind the first folio of Shakespeare's work. With the emphasis being on what has happened to each of those priceless copies over the past 400 years.

Another book I am waiting for is a book detailing the history behind the quest for Perpetual Motion. Along with a detailed discussion of many of the most famous designs and why they won't work. It also details the account of a perpetual motion machine which has baffled scientists to this day.

I was particularly pleased to come across this book since it seems like a fascinating subject for a book. I love eccentric histories like this. Here are the details for those interested:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0760709262/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And the last book is an autobiography by the founder of 'Viz' comic. Which is a very famous comic here in the UK which is incredibly rude and very funny. It was created by a guy who is from the same area of the UK as me, and he went on to make (and possiblee lose?) millions. The comic peaked before eventually losing about 90% of their readers. Should be some interesting stories in there...

I usually have a bunch of books on the go - but I'll admit that things are a little more hectic right now than they usually would be.
Right now
I’m reading
Essays on Catholicism,Liberalism And Socialism
by Don Donoso de Cortez
 

Cryptosam

Pigeon
Anyone ever read 'The camp of the saints'? I never have, but when I heard it was written in the 70s about the 3rd world overrunning europe/america and its 'far right propaganda' I figured I should check it out.
I bought camo of the saints and I honestly thought it was too French for me. As someone on the border of Quebec I am keenly aware of the French temperament, it is frivolous, it is long winded, it is impressed with itself without justification. Camp of the saints is like a version of 1984 or Brave New World but a version written by the French, for the French.

Everything you need to know about it can be read in the wikipedia summary. Its prediction was eerily accurate, about millions of boat people showing up and nu-christians worshipping them because 'theres a little Christ in everyone' and the government bickering ineffectively and capitulating

Other than that, it's very silly and not what I consider good writing.

1984 on the other hand I thought really brought the setting alive, and was super relatable especially if you're already red pilled.

I just finished brave new world as well, I thought it was a great book that I wish I had read years ago because it highlights how the government wants the average joe to be a fornicating idiot. I may not have invested so much time in game with a sight perspective change like that.
 
I am searching for this book in Italian, but cannot find it anywhere. Unfortunately, my access to the darkweb and the tors is limited for a few weeks. Can anyone on here find this book? By Vincenzo Pipino, titled "Rubare ai Ricchi non e Peccato" or "Stealing from the Rich is not a Sin" about the last Gentleman thief in Italy and his capers from the mid 20th century. It's only available in Italian as far as I know, and I usually only can find pdfs of ISBN's of English-language books. I can understand it so translating won't be necessary for me, but I would like a pdf so that I could translate it for others to read.

Here is the book information:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40943091-rubare-ai-ricchi-non-peccato

amazon link, don't click if you don't want to give them hits

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 889860050X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8898600502
If anyone can find this book for me, I will be impressed and appreciative!
 
Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar

By Virginia Vallejo

An account of an upper class Colombian TV personality who had an intimate love affair with Pablo Escobar. It's not a great book, but it gives great insights into the Escobar story.
 

Bamboozler

Pigeon
Anyone ever read 'The camp of the saints'? I never have, but when I heard it was written in the 70s about the 3rd world overrunning europe/america and its 'far right propaganda' I figured I should check it out.

It's been some time since I read the book, it was more or less a decade before the refugee crisis in 2015. It proved to be prophetic and that alone makes it worthwhile.
 
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