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Nicholas John Gillespie is an American libertarian journalist who was editor-in-chief of Reason magazine from 2000 to 2008 and editor-in-chief of and Reason TV from 2008 to 2017.
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War By Other Means
The Pacifists of the Greatest Generation Who Revolutionized Resistance
Daniel Akst - 2022-12-06
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Pacifists who fought against the Second World War faced insurmountable odds—but their resistance, philosophy, and strategies fostered a tradition of activism that shaped America right up to the present day....
Nick Gillespie
War by Other Means: The Pacifists of the Greatest Generation Who Revolutionized Resistance, by @danakst, is an incredible, mind-blowing book that should be read by anyone interested in understanding US foreign policy & American history.      source
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The life and times of the Shmoo
Al Capp - 1948-01-01
Wraps; Very Good; No Dust Jacket; Pictorial Wraps, some edgewear. 90pp. Comic book format. Al Capp's first literary work. A very nice copy of a scarce work....
Nick Gillespie
If you're interested in fake utopian discourse (there is no other kind), I recommend reading abt the Shmoos from Li'l Abner. They just might solve most of our problems.      source
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Lost Objects
Joshua Glenn - 2022-08-23
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"Lost Objects" is a collection of 50 true stories from an impressive group of writers, thinkers, and artists, each exploring the profound emotional impact of items that have been lost or left behind. From treasured mementos to forgotten trinkets, these objects continue to haunt us long after they've disappeared from our lives. With beautiful illustrations and insightful analysis from the editors, this book is a fascinating journey through the meaning of possessions and their enduring significance.
Nick Gillespie
Paul Lukas of @UniWatch hipped me to Lost Objects, a book about stuff that has gone figuratively (and literally?) missing. Looks fascinating. From @hatandbeardbks, @HILOBROW's Joshua Glenn, and @notrobwalker.      source
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Gone Crazy and Back Again
Robert Sam Anson - 1981-01-01
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Gone Crazy and Back Again: The Rise and Fall of the Rolling Stone Generation...
Nick Gillespie
Along with the books by @joehagansays and @DraperRobert, I'm a fan of Robert Sam Anson's Gone Crazy and Bsck Again (1981), which is as much about the mag industry as it is @RollingStone. What say you, @MUGGER1955? Gone Crazy and Back Again      source
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The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet
Marian L. Tupy, Gale L. Pooley - 2022-08-31
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Can population growth actually make resources more abundant? In Superabundance, the authors analyze the prices of hundreds of commodities, goods, and services and found that, on average, every additional human being created more value than they consumed. This relationship between population growth and abundance is deeply counterintuitive, yet it is no less true. But more people are not enough to sustain Superabundance--people must be free to innovate, think, speak, publish, associate, and disagree. This thought-provoking book challenges our widely held beliefs and offers insight into how human innovation can lead to abundance.
Nick Gillespie
Superabundance, from @cato's and @HumanProgress's Marian Tupy and @byuhawaii's Gale Pooley, is the most important book of the next 20 years, easy. This @kiteandkeymedia vid summarizes its key insight--we're getting more from less--brilliantly.      source
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Ben Shapiro
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Return of the Artisan
How America Went from Industrial to Handmade
Grant McCracken - 2022-07-12
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"Return of the Artisan" explores the evolution of the artisanal movement from the fringes of the 1970s to the recent spike of domesticity caused by COVID-19. Discover what it means for the future of work and American culture as millions of Americans turn to home-cooking, gardening, and DIY crafting. This book includes interviews with artisanal businesses across America, exploring their business models, motivations, and how you can join them by turning your own hobby or passion into your work. Join the latest artisanal revolution with "Return of the Artisan".
Nick Gillespie
Return of the Artisan, by @Grant27, is one of the most enjoyable and important books I've read in forever. Charts the recent past and likely future of lifestyle, commerce, and capitalism with deep debts to @stewartbrand, @AliceWaters, and others.      source
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The End Is Always Near
Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
Dan Carlin - 2019-10-29
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"The End Is Always Near" by Dan Carlin explores apocalyptic moments from the past to help frame the challenges we face in the future. Through storytelling, history, and philosophy, Carlin asks tough questions about human survival and the role of technology in our potential downfall. From the collapse of the Bronze Age to the nuclear era, this book examines issues that are rarely presented and makes the past immediately relevant to our very turbulent present.
Nick Gillespie
Recorded this amazingly prescient conversation w the one and only Dan Carlin of @HardcoreHistory in late 2019, just months before #COVID swept the planet. His book The End Is Always Near is phenomenal, as are his thoughts on legacy media and what has been coming next for decades      source
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Morgan Housel
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Growing Up Absurd
Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (New York Review Books Classics)
Paul Goodman - 1962-08-12 (first published in 1960)
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Growing Up Absurd is a classic of anarchist thought by writer and social theorist Paul Goodman. It offers a sharp critique of the unhappiness of young people as a concentrated form of America's corporate capitalist society, which lacks meaningful work. Goodman's text became a defining text of the New Left and had a surprise success upon publication in 1960, making him one of America's most unusual and trenchant critics. At a time of renascent leftism, his work remains as relevant as ever.
Nick Gillespie
@RichardAbowitz One of the most influential books in terms of starting the counterculture has become almost completely forgotten. In a similar way, Charles Reich's The Greening of America has also disappeared....      source
The Counter-Revolution of Science - Studies on the Abuse of Reason. Liberty Fund. 1979. book cover
The Counter-Revolution of Science - Studies on the Abuse of Reason. Liberty Fund. 1979.
Friedrich August von Hayek - 2010-06-30 (first published in 1952)
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This thought-provoking book explores the abuse of reason in early 20th century France, where a group of thinkers applied scientific principles to the study of society. They concluded that an elite group of social scientists should control social life based on their supposed discovery of the laws of society. The book challenges this notion and highlights the danger of blindly applying scientific principles to complex social issues.
Nick Gillespie
@neil_chilson This cover for an edition of Hayek's best book [imo] raises all sorts of questions, especially abt the drug habits of the designer. I'd go much more abstract if you move beyond text.      source
The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang
Drug Use for Grown-Ups by Carl L. Hart
The End of Gender by Debra Soh
The Plus by Greg Gutfeld
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide by Jia Lynn Yang
Woke by Titania McGrath