Literature

I started reading again in 2018. These are the books I’ve read since then:

  • The Great Shark Hunt — Hunter S. Thompson
  • Chuck Klosterman X — Chuck Klosterman
  • But What If We’re Wrong? — Chuck Klosterman
  • Arguably — Christopher Hitchens
  • 1984 — George Orwell
  • What’s The Matter With Kansas? — Thomas Frank
  • The Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger
  • Listen, Liberal — Thomas Frank
  • The Trial of Henry Kissinger — Christopher Hitchens
  • The Permanent Revolution — Leon Trotsky
  • Rendezvous with Oblivion: Letters from a Sinking Society — Thomas Frank
  • No One Left To Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton — Christopher Hitchens
  • Norwegian Wood — Haruki Murakami
  • The Chapo Guide To Revolution: A Manifesto Against Facts, Logic, and Reason — Chapo Trap House

Currently reading: Socialism Sucks, Robert Lawson & Benjamin Powell

My dad asked me to read this, and to keep an open mind. I agreed because I hate myself, and because I love propaganda that makes me feel better. I’ve only read like 30 pages so far, but I feel like I could write the rest all by myself. It’s almost completely fact-free, and if read like a parody would be absolutely hilarious.

Unfortunately it’s not. The authors are professional economists, meaning they are either dumb (which is highly unlikely), or willfully misleading their audience (which is highly likely). Seriously, you have to have an absurd amount of contempt for your readers to try and convince them that what led to the financial crises of 2008 was too much regulation and government intervention.

As with everything else in the book, no matter what they are saying the opposite is almost always true. It sucks, but I’m going to keep reading.