Unless otherwise noted, this is a list of books I am reading or have read and I think worth-while (though I may not agree with all their points)
Common Sense had a significant influence on persuading the early North American colonists to declare independence from England the mother country.
In the first 4 pages Paine gives an sublime explanation on the origins of government, which I have reproduced below:
Addressed to the
Inhabitants of America
Man knows no Master save creating Heaven,
Or those whom Choice and common Good ordain.
February 14, 1776
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently
fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong,
gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
If you understand any of my views you will know I oppose compulsory collectivism, yet still I think it's important to try to understand other's views.
This book is about Karl Marx, an essential figure in early Communism, co-author of the Communist Manifesto with Engels.
One of the first things I learned was that Marx sponged off Engels, who in turn got his wealth from capitalism. It sounds a little like socialism today - it denounces free trade, yet starves without it.
I think he has a point about the poverty of the working class - something that I believe comes from lack of equality before the law - different laws for different socio-economic levels. IE in those days if a poor irishman and a rich aristocrat both murdered, it's unlikely they'd receive the same punishment.