15 January 2009
I readily admit that I know very little about the history of ancient Egypt and am thus looking forward to this work.
Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy
I've been told that this work has the best description of capitalism out there in the world. I can't wait to sink my teeth into just for that reason alone.
Not much new there for someone with some understanding of Bastiat, etc., but I do think it is a good means for introducing the subject of free market economics, libertarianism, etc. to those unfamiliar with the arguments for such.
Eric Rauchway, The Great Depression & The New Deal
A nice introduction to the basic chronology of the subject as well as the substance of the various programs of the Hoover and FDR administrations regarding the financial problems of the Great Depression. While I disagree with what I see as its generally positive view of the New Deal, I think it does provide a good jumping off point for an understanding of that era and the government efforts the time.
21 November 2008
14 November 2008
15 October 2008
03 October 2008
05 September 2008
To that magnificent lord [blank], I, [blank]. Since it is known familiarly to all how little I have whence to feed and clothe myself, I have therefore petitioned your piety, and your good will has decreed to me that I should hand myself over or commend myself to your guardianship, which I have thereupon done; that is to say in this way, that you should aid and succor me as well with food as with clothing, according as I shall be able to serve you and deserve it.
And so long as I shall live I ought to provide service and honor to you, suitably to my free condition; and I shall not during the time of my life have the ability to withdraw your or guardianship; but must remain during the days of my life under your power or defense. Wherefore it is proper that if either us shall wish to withdraw himself from these agreements, he shall pay [blank] shillings to the other party, and this agreement shall remain unbroken.
-- tr. E.P. Cheyney, "Frankish Commendation," Translations and Reprints of Original Sources of European History, vol 4, no. 3, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1897, p. 3-4.
29 August 2008
26 August 2008
As I'm not inclined to think that necessity (in one form or another) will ever be erased from the human condition I do not think that such a "realm of freedom" will ever come to pass.