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Important films, books or internet pages we all should study- Add your own

I would like to start a forum topic on what the users on here think are must see films, books or websites important to the subject of economics, control, religion, politics, government, investments or anything in relation to these issues. Please give a small review as well. I will not list a lot because I would rather see what you users think is important or what you have studied. I will start with a few of mine.  

Films-
The Power of Nightmares- A BBC series of three documentaries about the use of fear and propaganda for political gain

Money as Debt- A cartoon, but it explains a lot about the debt based system we have and have been living in for decades

Fight Club- I love it for it's pure anarchy and opt-out, get off the grid message

Websites-
www.PeakProsperity.com- Thought provoking, intelligent users and lively discussions. Crash Course is a must see. Still in it's infancy, but growing rapidly

www.thrasherfunds.com Fun and educational for beginning investors, but the fund they have is not doing so well

http://mises.org/ What can I say. Practically today's bible, and Ron Paul loves it

http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html Patent search tool. See who owns what, who is squashing technology and advancement by buying up companies and ideas. Follow the patent, then follow the money

http://rainbowwarrior2005.wordpress.com/ OK interesting, but can be a bit on the conspiracy side of things

http://www.milkandcookies.com/ Just plain fun and political coverage

http://www.ted.com/index.php/ What can I say? How abut Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers

Books-
What Happened- Scott McClellan- is a former White House Press Secretary (2003-2006) for President George W. Bush, and author of this controversial book about the Bush Administration 

God is not Great- Book by author and journalist Christopher Hitchens that is a critical examination of all religions

The Trial of Henry Kissinger-  Christopher Hitchens brief examination of the alleged war crimes of Henry Kissinger, the National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State for President Nixon and President Ford

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A good primer, The Mystery of Banking by Murray Rothbard.

http://www.mises.org/Books/mysteryofbanking.pdf

The Law by Friederic Bastiat

http://www.fee.org/pdf/books/The_Law.pdf

"The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely
different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy."

http://www.fee.org/ The Foundation for Economic Education

http://fff.org/  The Future of Freedom Foundation

Free market economics is so simple that it could be taught in one course in high school. The high priests of market interventionism have made their brand of economics more complicated than the Bible.

 

 

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Important films, books or internet pages we all should study

Zeitgeist video and the new “Zeitgeist Addendum” is even better.  I think that if you found the “Crash Course” interesting, you’ll find this interesting as well.  While we’re waiting for the final chapter of the “Crash Course” the  “Zeitgeist Addendum” video does give a list of things you can do now.  

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

Alex Jones critiques this video and points out some of the problems with its solutions, neverthless, it is worth watgching as as Mr. Jone's You Tube available critique of it.

 

The Money Masters video

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936

 

Mainstream economic and political news, but with blogs commenting on the articles

http://www.marketwatch.com/

 

Peter Schiff’s web site that has links to all of the video interviews he has had

http://europac.net/

 

Good place for economic news and opinions

http://www.financialsense.com/index.html

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Put me down as a nut, if you like but the oldie but goody "Tappan On Survival" by Mel Tappan covers non-financial aspects of  coping with declining order.

 

SG

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Everyones opinion is welcome here. This is an important topic that lets others know what information is out there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Websites:

Online meta-course (free)

Introduction to Ecological Economics (University of Vermont):

http://metacourses.org/ecologicaleconomics/about/ 

“Ecological economics differs from conventional economics in assuming that the human system is a subset of the sustaining and containing global ecosystem, and that it obeys the physical laws of thermodynamics (which physicists refer to as the supreme laws of nature) as well as the laws of ecology. Ecological economics recognizes that the global ecological-economic system is highly complex, non-linear and continually evolving, simple answers to difficult questions rarely exist, and meaningful answers require a transdisciplinary synthesis. This course operates on the assumption that it is better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong.”

It has a great resources section with links to Money as Debt and Albert Bartlett (among others), as well as many articles and e-books:

http://metacourses.org/ecologicaleconomics/resources/browse/

 

Films

All of Adam Curtis’ documentaries:

The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom - a series regarding the modern concept of freedom

The Power of Nightmares (mentioned before by krogoth)

The Century Of The Self - how the rise of Freud's individualism led to Edward Bernays' consumerism. IMHO his best documentary

The Mayfair Set - looked at how buccaneer capitalists were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years (also relevant to Reagonomics)

None are available to buy but you can find most on googlevideo/torrent sites.

 

Why we fight - is a documentary film about the United States's relationship with war as a business. By the same director as the film of “The trials of Henry Kissinger” (also mentioned by krogoth).

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - the economic collapse and eventual recovery of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

End of Suburbia and Crude awakening – peak oil

The Corporation - critical of the modern-day corporation, considering it as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychologist might evaluate an ordinary person.

 

There are loads more books and documentaries I could name, but I really recommend the ecological economics course. It really pinpoints exactly where neo-classical economics loses it way.

 

 

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I would advise caution when approaching Zeitgeist. The third part is reasonably accurate; to each his own concerning part two and 9/11; however, it bears note that part one has less factual basis than a third grader's book report. I'm not a particular fan of organized opinion, but I'm also not a fan of lies...The "facts" in part one are 99% lies. With that being said, I do like the other two parts.

 Books:

The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek. This took me a couple weeks to get through; not particularly dense, but you want time to think about the ideas.

Human Action, by Ludwig von Mises. This one's rather beastly, but definitely a classic (as are all Von Mises works). 

 Videos:

America: From Freedom to Facism. Libertarian, to say the least, but very interesting.

Also i'm a fan of any youtube interview with Jim Rogers. He's a guy who knows what he's talking about, and delivers in style with old-school bowties. 

Website: If you're libertarian/freedom leaning at all, the Campaign For Liberty is a must. I'm also a fan of bloomberg and the financial times for general news.

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"The Rise of the Fourth Reich" by Jim Marrs   (Brand New - 2008) Throw out what you think you know about history.  Turn off the corporate mass media.  Don't believe anything you hear from the government.  Look past the rose-colored spin, hype and other disinformation poured out daily by the media conglomerates - info that insults our intelligence.  This is a well documented account of the continuation in the U.S. of an ideology that was thought, by the average person, to have been vanquished more than 50 years ago.

Reveals the very real links between fascism, corporate power, the military and our elected leaders. (Not one of those conspiracy theory books)  It actually names names.  Not for the faint of heart. 

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Films:

Zeitgeist

Religulous

Hyperspace

The God Who Wasn't There

Books:

1984

Animal Farm

The Selfish Gene

Collapse

The Weather Makers

The Carbon Age

Spychips

The Idiot

The Brothers Karamozov

Notes from the Underground

Of Superstition and Religion

On Suicide

On the Immortality of the Soul

Dialogues concerning Natural Religion

Websites:

http://www.jewishtvnetwork.com/?bcpid=533363107&bctid=1329234778

http://www.samharris.org/

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

http://panmidwest.ning.com/

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-1955

http://www.dirtworks.net/Organic-Carrot-Seeds.html

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/bills/index.html

http://www.stormthecastle.com/terrarium/soda-bottle-terrarium.htm

http://www.wikipedia.org/

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/

http://financialsense.com/

 

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 BOOKS:

THE WEB OF DEBT

 

 

THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND

 

 

THE BEST THAT MONEY CAN'T BUY

 

 

DESIGNING THE FUTURE 

 

Funny Bumper sticker Ideas:

 "Don't Tax me Bro"

  " Jesus would not tax me"

 " If you tax me the terrorists will win"

 " Washington Harbors Economic Terrorists"

 " An 18,000 page tax code is NOT freedom"

 " DownSize D.C."

 " D.C. is Drunk" 

 

 

  

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dbajba wrote:

"The Rise of the Fourth Reich" by Jim Marrs   (Brand New - 2008) Throw out what you think you know about history.  Turn off the corporate mass media.  Don't believe anything you hear from the government.  Look past the rose-colored spin, hype and other disinformation poured out daily by the media conglomerates - info that insults our intelligence.  This is a well documented account of the continuation in the U.S. of an ideology that was thought, by the average person, to have been vanquished more than 50 years ago.

Reveals the very real links between fascism, corporate power, the military and our elected leaders. (Not one of those conspiracy theory books)  It actually names names.  Not for the faint of heart. 

I started reading this book.  I didn't like it because it gave little to no references to the speculations it/author provided.  I thought it was a waste of my time.  I just wanted to get a sense of more factual based evidence that may have a link to these speculations even if they are not sufficient; but I found none. Frown

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Hi, good topic.

I'll add

any book by Robert Anton Wilson, especially "Prometheus Rising"

Earthship: How to build your own by Micheal Reynolds

and the accompanying film Garbage Warrior

thats it for now, I might post some more soon

Thanks for everyone elses posts, we're watching Zeitgeist now 

hugs

Crash 

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Re: Important films, books or internet pages we all should ...

I just posted this on another thread, but I'll add it to this (excellent) thread as well:

http://www.abelard.org/e-f-russell.php

Enjoy!

Arthur 

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This is not really something to study, but a good clip to hear out regarding the current economic forecast.

The first half is talking about peak energy, peak minerals, etc..

I like the 2nd half, starting at time 34:19, where they interview Gerald Celente

http://www.netcastdaily.com/broadcast/fsn2009-0207-3b.mp3

Another, food for thought:

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Re: Important films, books or internet pages we all should ...

I only wanted to add one thing to what has been mentioned already.  If you are interested in following the US national debt and it's climb over time, take a look at this web site:

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

It's run by the treasury department and is updated every business day with the current national debt.  There's also a search tool there to look at historical debt levels. 

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If you want to have a quick 10 page read on understanding why:

1) Why we have a boom / bust economic cycle - due to the Federal Reserve's policy on interest rates

2) How/why hyper-inflation can be brought about due to this policy

4) Why interest rates fall during a recession/depression

5) Why gov't economic stimulation to "prime the pump" does not bring recovery, and why artificially low interest rates during depression also does not bring recovery.

Read the article by Ludwig von Mises starting on page 23 of this document

http://mises.org/pdf/austtrad.pdf

or from here:

http://mises.org/tradcycl.asp

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Book:

"American Theocracy" by Kevin Phillips

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csstudent wrote:

I only wanted to add one thing to what has been mentioned already.  If you are interested in following the US national debt and it's climb over time, take a look at this web site:

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

It's run by the treasury department and is updated every business day with the current national debt.  There's also a search tool there to look at historical debt levels. 

Thanks for the great link.

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Arthur Vibert wrote:

I just posted this on another thread, but I'll add it to this (excellent) thread as well:

http://www.abelard.org/e-f-russell.php

Enjoy!

Arthur 

Thanks for the link!  I have it as a Fav now.

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There is a site/book where the author compares states (for purposes of moving.) I'm pretty sure it was recommended on this site and I cannot for the life of me remember the name (of neither book nor the author.)

Can anyone help?

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Saffron~

I think this is the site you wanted.

http://www.survivalblog.com/retreatareas.html

The author has a great site with lots of information.

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I posted a book by Joel Skousen called "Strategic Relocation"  He also has another very good book called "The Secure Home"

His website is joelskousen.com.

He knows from whence he speaks

V

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The author of SurvivalBlog.com - James Wesley Rawles also wrote a fiction book titled

Patriots - A novel of survival in the coming collapse

This is the book that turned my husband into a red-pill believer! 

The three pages that describe the collapse are so chilling, I can't imagine reading this book and not doing something to prepare for an uncertain future.

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Thanks everyone!

The one I was thinking of was Joel Skousen, but SurvivalBlog looks like a must-read as well. Wish I had hours and hours to sit and study this - maybe I should send the kids to school! (they are homeschooled)

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Some good ones I'm surprised nobody has mentioned yet:

Reinventing Collapse- Dmitry Orlov.  This book covers life in the Soviet Union after it's collapse.  Orlov makes comparisons between the Soviet Union and America to give insight on what a post collapse scenario would be like here.

Survival+- Charles Hugh Smith.  Excellent analysis of the politcal environment, explains the psychology of the Elites and the governing classes.  His conclusions of what to do about our current situation are very similar to what Dr. Martensen preaches, but the analysis leading up to it is very different.

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History- David Hackett Fischer.  This book covers the economic causes and consequences of secular inflationary trends since the late 13th century.  If the rise and fall of empires is your thing, this book is a must.

Personal favorite websites:

http://jsmineset.com/

http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/home.html

http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html

http://theinternationalforecaster.com/

Enjoy!

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My following posts are a compilation of every book on the thread that has been released as a free to read on line PDF to date, with anything related to it ...

The Trial of Henry Kissinger-  Christopher Hitchens

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Wikipedia Review

The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001), is Christopher Hitchens' examination of the alleged war crimes of Henry Kissinger, the National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State for President Nixon and President Ford. Acting in the role of the prosecution, Hitchens presents evidence of Kissinger's complicity in a series of alleged war crimes in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus and East Timor.

Highlights from the book were serialized in Harper's Magazine.

Part 1 and Part 2

Trials Of Henry Kissenger

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2815881561030958784

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The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek

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The Road to Serfdom is a book written by Friedrich von Hayek (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974) which transformed the landscape of political thought in the 20th century, shifting the terms of debate for millions of people across the political spectrum.The Road to Serfdom is among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism.

The title refers to economic and political policies which the author believes to invariably lead to the socio-economic condition known as "serfdom."

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Human Action ~ by Ludwig von Mises

Human Action ~ by Ludwig von Mises

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Human Action: A Treatise on Economics is the magnum opus of the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. It presents a case for laissez-faire capitalism based on Mises' praxeology, or rational investigation of human decision-making. It rejects positivism within economics. It defends an a priori epistemology and underpins praxeology with a foundation of methodological individualism and laws of apodictic certainty. Mises argues that the free-market economy not only outdistances any government-planned system, but ultimately serves as the foundation of civilization itself.

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1984 ~ by George Orwell

1984 ~ by George Orwell

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes written 1984), by George Orwell, published in 1949, is a dystopian novel about the totalitarian regime of the Party, an oligarchical collectivist society where life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, public mind control, and the voiding of citizens' rights. In the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party's propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meager existence disillusions him into rebellion against Big Brother, which leads to his arrest, torture, and conversion.

As literary political fiction, 1984 is a classic novel of the social science fiction sub-genre, thus, since its publication in 1949, the terms and concepts of Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Memory hole, et cetera, became contemporary vernacular, including the adjective Orwellian, denoting George Orwell's writings and totalitarianism as exposited in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm (1945).

1984

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5464625623984168940

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Animal Farm ~ by George Orwell

Animal Farm ~ by George Orwell

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Animal Farm is a dystopian allegorical novella by George Orwell. Published in England on 17 August 1945, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Orwell, a democratic socialist and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences with the NKVD during the Spanish Civil War. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as his novel "contre Stalin".

Animal Farm

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9153412213802919416

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The Selfish Gene ~ by Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene ~ by Richard Dawkins

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The Selfish Gene is a book on evolution by Richard Dawkins, published in 1976. It builds upon the principal theory of George C. Williams's first book Adaptation and Natural Selection. Dawkins coined the term "selfish gene" as a way of expressing the gene-centred view of evolution, which holds that evolution is best viewed as acting on genes and that selection at the level of organisms or populations almost never overrides selection based on genes.

An organism is expected to evolve to maximize its inclusive fitness—the number of copies of its genes passed on globally (rather than by a particular individual). As a result, populations will tend towards an evolutionarily stable strategy. The book also coins the term meme for a unit of human cultural evolution analogous to the gene, suggesting that such "selfish" replication may also model human culture, in a different sense. Memetics has become the subject of many studies since the publication of the book.

Richard Dawkins' Jaw-Dropping Talk On Our Bizarre Universe )TEDTalks)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6308228560462155344

~ VF ~

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