183. Top 25 Must Read Books for 2021

Instead of another book review, I decided to make a reading list with 25 must read books for this year. Reading is a great way to learn and connect with the wisdom of the past, so I wanted to help people find some great books to read.

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Here Are 25 Must Read Books

1. Property Rights in the Digital Age by Nick Jamell

Yes, I actually published a book! Check it out here to buy on Kindle, or click here to grab it in paperback.

2. Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Basically, the Abolition of Man is a must read book in order to understand the current state of education and the scientism and naturalism of today.

3. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

In Walden, Thoreau not only discusses how he lived, but he also shows the merits of living a slower, isolated lifestyle.

4. Politics by Aristotle

Aristotle explains the differences between the forms of government, and goes further to show how they devolve into bad government.

5. The Republic by Plato

What starts as a discourse on morality turns into an extended allegory, which discusses the perfect form of government.

6. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein

In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkein shows the impact a single person, or small group, can have on the world. Furthermore, it shows you what it takes to push through tough situations.

7. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

If you want to learn how to get your life in order, then check out this book that pulls on tremendous amount of wisdom in order to offer a better way of living.

8. The Illiad by Homer

This is a classic, and if you haven’t read it, you really should. For a great story of victory and loss, triumph and tragedy, check out this must read book.

9. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

If you want to learn what happens without society in place, then you need to read this book.

10. Confessions by St. Augustine

This is a beautiful and edifying work for any Christian; however, anyone can learn a lot from this book as well.

11. A Shorter Summa by Peter Kreeft

Do you want to read St. Thomas Aquinas, but not have the time? Then, you should look at this, one of the must read books that serves as a summary of main points in the Summa Theologica.

12. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

If you are looking for a great summary of some of the religion of the East, then this is a great book to pick up. In it, you’ll learn all about the Tao, also known as the Way.

13. The Analects by Confucius

Confucius offers ethical guidance as the student of Lao Tzu. So, this pairs really well with a reading of the Tao Te Ching.

14. Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell

In our world that is focused on statistics, this is a must read to understand how disparities and discrimination differ, and why one does not imply the other.

15. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

We are individuals, but also parts of trends and movements, so how can you tell the difference? This book shows how individuals take advantage of trends and make a difference.

16. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Aurelius, an emperor and sage, shows us how to live the life of a stoic, which is something more people could use.

17. Two Treatises on Government by John Locke

John Locke is a foundational thinker in the American Republic, and his influence stems mainly from this work. So, if you want insight into the founding read this book.

18. What has Government Done To Our Money by Murray Rothbard

Money is incredibly misunderstood, but it really isn’t hard to understand. This must read book will show you how money has changed over time and how we ought to understand it.

19. The Soul of the World by Roger Scruton

Scruton shows that there is more to the world than a strict naturalism, and offers a look into how we experience a soul in our world.

20. A Nasty Story by Fyodor Dosteyevsky

This is a great story that shows how the elite view the common people, and how arrogance can go awry.

21. The Bible

Obviously, the Bible is quintessential reading. But, I really think this is something everyone, regardless of their faith, must read this book.

22. Empire of Lies by Andrew Klavan

If you think you’re crazy, this book will help you feel less alone in that by following the story of a man who comes across a plot too elaborate to be real.

23. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie explains how you can get people on your side, which is a talent we’ll need if we want to win back the culture.

24. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This riveting tale of a stoic man battling nature will captivate and inspire you, and will show a perfect example of manhood. It is a must read book for any man or boy.

25. Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands by Roger Scruton

Communism and Socialism are way too popular, and I think it’s because people don’t know the ideas behind them. So, I recommend this book that traces the history of this mode of thought.

212. Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Conversation of Our Generation

I had the chance to sit down and speak with Ashley Baker, an expert in antitrust. We discussed antitrust and big tech, and how conservatives should fight back against tech. Ashley is the Policy Director for the Committee for Justice, Expert at the Regulatory Transparency Project, and works with the Alliance on Antitrust. So, she knows what she's talking about, and it shows. Dive into the conversation below to learn more about these issues and what Ashley recommends. What is Antitrust? Antitrust is basically a set of legal principles, laws, and precedents that inform us on how to handle anti-competition behaviors of companies. Big businesses may work with other organizations to undermine competition in the economic landscape, which is what antitrust seeks to prevent. Since businesses are built to beat their competition, they can hinder their competition's ability to succeed. However, they cannot work to destroy competition itself. And, that is where antitrust comes into play. There are many examples of antitrust violations we can point to, but the basics of antitrust is that we want to promote a competitive environment. Antitrust Laws and How They Relate to Big Tech You may be familiar with antitrust laws like the Federal Trade Commission Act, which gave us the FTC, or the Sherman Act. But, antitrust law is much more than a couple acts passed by Congress. In fact, much of what governs antitrust policy is precedent, and that's where conservatives have to be careful. If we are to regulate big tech companies through antitrust policy, we need to beware of how it'll effect other aspects of law. That's why I am so grateful to Ashley for coming on to discuss the antitrust efforts and big tech. She shows how antitrust cases inform our laws, and how we might apply that to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Antitrust and Big Tech We must do something about big tech need, but what? First we must understand a few things. Are big tech companies monopolies? Does big tech violate antitrust law in the United States? What can we do to regulate big tech? We'll find the answers to each of these questions in the particulars. There's no simple answer. Rather, the devil is in the details. How Conservatives Should Fight Back Against Big Tech Our politics leans towards slogans and partisanship, rather than real solutions. The answer to this problem won't fit neatly in a 10-point plan or some ideology. Instead, we have to grapple with the principles at play and the particulars of the situation. Through prudence, we can find a solution. Check out this episode: Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Subscribe to the Conversation of Our Generationersation of Our Generation Podcast here Check out the YouTube video here — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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