Late 18th century text that brought to light the relationship between natural resources and human demography.
Bridging philosophy of mind and material, enabling an intellectual and practical take on how space is produced.
Classic investment guide that shows the most sensible path is playing the long game.
It is difficult to ignore this writing at the birth of the industrial revolution. This revolutionised economics as a discipline covering topics such as division of labour productivity and market forces.
The modern touchstone of trends in capital accumulation and inequality of income and wealth. Demonstrating that structures remain but with room for change.
Influential books #18 Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing by Ryan-Collins, Lloyd and Macfarlane
Some new and not so new (but relevant) solutions to the ‘crisis’ of housing and land supply.
A gathering of examples in a popular format that contributed to the now mainstream field of behavioural economics.
Exploring evolutions in human language as nature and nurture with a popular science edge.
Useful thinking in to how progress is not necessary a linear path. As new ways will create and destroy rather than revolutionise.
Critical study of late 20th century postmodernism in that materialism must have greater attention. The reality of poverty is argued as more material consequence than culturally formed in people’s minds – with this cultural formation ironically a result of faults in the modern system.
Time is an illusion of the mind-ego. Being present and conscious takes us out of the mind and into blissful awareness. Everyone should read this.
Work challenging the notion that common property will fail due to monopolistic tendencies. Examples in the political economy demonstrate that in some circumstances the crowd can self organise.
Part of his wider work on America’s involvement with global politics as invasion. Focussed on a narrative questioning whether this involvement is to purposefully maintain super power status or merely survive.
Opening up economics to better engage with those subjects external to the market such and public goods and the environment. Internalising external costs of climate change has taken this Pigovian tax approach to contemporary thinking.
Wonderful concise explanation of geopolitics being shaped and constrained by geography. Great to step back and see a bigger picture in a time where people are heroes and villains.
Bestseller that takes economics into psychology territory, largely by distinguishing between instinct and thought in making economic decisions
Helpful way to make practical what psychologists made complex. Managing your chimp, human, and computer is all you need to be the best you can be.
Very convincing account of How and why the financial industry does little for the real economy
A classic that explores why poverty exists against vast wealth. There are also some very simple fiscal solutions that many are still uncomfortable with today
The origin and spread of nationalism could not be any more relevant today – Is it possible have no national identity?
A reminder that economic development needs to be set in relation to freedom and access of opportunity
Such a realisation that the inner voice in your mind isn’t you, and so opens a portal to the unmanifested. You are free.
Useful guide to how we arrived in our current political economy, and possibly how we can fix a broken economic system