Prudence is the most important civic virtue and honesty is the most important social virtue.
Without them lies and deceptions and bad policy are the currency of political discourse and the society doesn’t progress. This essay discusses why socialism is so attractive to the vicious.
I remind you of the writings of William Voegeli on the inanity of the left and why they really don’t want to fix problems, they just want to feel good about themselves. They want class conflict, and they use groups to foment their favorite activity, acquisition of power.
Also a great book by Mark Levin on utopianism, Ameritopia, as well as the work of Hayek on the fatal conceit, the work of von Mises on the nonsense of socialism Socialism and, of course the great dead American philosopher Eric Hoffer The True Believer and his many other writings on mass movements and the mind of fanatics.
Then there is the greatest living American Philosopher, I do believe, and also a very lucid and insightful man on economics and migrations, Thomas Sowell, who has written eloquently about the problem of intellectuals and the visions of the self anointed, but so much more.
Angelo Codevilla on the ruling class is also extremely insightful.
There, don’t say that JS never put out a recommended reading list for the summer.
Get back to me in October.