Category: Politics

Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives

Ruth W. Grant
Rating: 6/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:7 hours

Incentives are one of the more powerful, yet underrated forces. An incentive is the added element without which the desired action probably would not occur. The ability to influence the behaviors of another is something that [...]

The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:3 hours

A painfully beautiful essay by James Baldwin examining the consequences of racial injustice and a philosophical view of pain, religion and the concept of race. He gives a powerful reminder, “Please try to remember that [...]

How to Lie with Statistics

Darrell Huff
Rating: 7/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:4 hours

Defensive statistical thinking delivered in a clear, short and direct manner. For a book that was first published over 60 years ago, a lot of it seemed relevant in how people can be easily misguided by numbers. A dose of [...]

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:17 hours

Behind the bodybuilding, acting, real estate investing, and politician is Arnold, The Master Salesman, who has a herculean level of ambition, willingness to take risk and defy the odds. Arnold's drive and hunger is impressive [...]

The Lessons of History

Will Durant, Ariel Durant
Rating: 6.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:3 hours

History is beautiful and sad. It's the story of humans and the civilizations we form. The Lessons of History is a survey of human history by Will and Ariel Durant, with great insights into the nature of human experience, [...]

Intellectuals and Society

Thomas Sowell
Rating: 8.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:12 hours

A much-needed criticism of the role Intellectuals play in influencing policy and society. Intellectuals are those in the profession of creating ideas with a heavy ideological focus, with an abstract end product that hasn't [...]

When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

William Julius Wilson
Rating: 6.5/10
Reading Ease: Reading Time:10 hours

Willson does an analysis on urban poverty pointing to the big problems of chronic joblessness and entrapment from welfare, inadequate transportation and long commutes to find work which is spare in one's own community, inadequate [...]

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