Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Orwell and Huxley have given us two infamous dystopian visions; the former presents a society controlled through punishment and pain, the latter through pleasure. In Brave New World the founding concept of the utopian community is quickly introduced as “the principle of mass production at last applied to biology”.[1] Henry Ford and his “T-model” are … More Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

George Orwell – “The lion and the unicorn: socialism and the English genius”

  A household name and perhaps the most respected writer the Left produced in the twentieth century, Orwell is known to most people through his novels 1984 and Animal Farm. But his real talent resides in the essays which formed the political bedrock of his novels and intellectual development. “The lion and the unicorn: socialism … More George Orwell – “The lion and the unicorn: socialism and the English genius”

George S. Clason – The Richest Man in Babylon

In the twenties, America was a country of laissez-faire capitalism that saw people’s incomes rise and new bounds of wealth creation. The businessman George S. Clason took to writing a series of didactic pamphlets intended to help those without a financial background survive harsh times and prosper through even the smallest of earnings. His work … More George S. Clason – The Richest Man in Babylon

Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

  Adam Smith’s work The Wealth of Nations, from which this Penguin edition is excerpted from, typifies the thought behind the American Constitution and of the contemporary intellectual climate. The Enlightenment held up the rights of an individual as an expedient to the greatest degree of liberty possible in human society. He discusses how different … More Adam Smith – “The Invisible Hand”

Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Dixon has written a concise yet precise chronology of the relationship between science and religion, especially considering the length of this book. The text is littered with references to cases like the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in 1925 to the more recent Judge Jones vs Dover Board case over Intelligent design in 2005, all of … More Thomas Dixon – Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Freud – The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

One of Freud’s most notable and earlier works, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life displays the author’s interpretation of human fallibilities through the eyes of his profession. His theories and insights into what unconsciously motivates us to forget names and memories, confuse words, lose objects and experience déjà vu are explained through a littering of colourful … More Freud – The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters

On high recommendation I read one of the Jeeves and Wooster series; the most famous literary double act which has had tremendous influence over subsequent attempts on screen as well as on paper.  The third instalment of Blackadder is transparently shaped by this series, to the extent that some lines paraphrase passages Jeeves-Wooster dialogue to great … More P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters