Where to start? It feels like a lifetime ago when I read Assassin’s Apprentice, the first of a nine-book series, excluding the Liveship series which ran parallel to the main series. Published in 1995, a year before I was born, I haven’t read every book as it came out, but I did start reading them … More Robin Hobb – Fitz and the Fool
When reading Burke, it is hard to escape his imposing intellect, his world-weary wisdom which bears down softly but firmly. As both an Irishmen and proud Member of Parliament for the Empire he loved, for the England he cherished, Burke gave conservatism an unashamedly British colour. His Reflections on the Revolution in France takes the … More Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France
At school I was never taught to love my country for its history or its heroes. The subject of WWII was discussed matter-of-factly as a linear assortment of dates with particular focus on the evils of national fascism. It was never impressed upon me by teachers or textbooks what a colossal influence Winston Churchill … More Boris Johnson – The Churchill Factor
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”
Welcome, this will be a blog, as the title conveys, of reason and rationale. My posts will largely consist of book reviews with a discussion of the general arguments relayed or referenced to within the text with weekly updates. Enjoy.