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RMC Featured Books

Aikman, David, 2003, Jesus in Beijing, Regnery Publishing, Inc., Washington DC
How Christianity is booming in China

Bartholomew, James, 2006, The Welfare State We're In, Politico's Publishing
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.

Beito, David T., 2000, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State, University of North Carolina Press
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century

Coulson, Andrew J., 1999, Market Education, Transaction Publishers
How universal literacy was achieved before government education

De Soto, Hernando, 2000, The Mystery of Capital, Basic Books
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century

Finke, Roger, and Stark, Rodney, 1992, The Churching of America, 1776-1990, Rutgers University Press
How the United States grew into a religious nation

Fogel, Robert William, 2000, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism, University of Chicago Press
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

Green, David G, ed., 1999, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State, Institute of Economic Affairs, London
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Hayek, F. A., 1973, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1, University of Chicago Press
How to build a society based upon law

Kaestle, Carl F., 1983, Pillars of the Republic, Hill and Wang, New York
How we got our education system

Maine, Henry, 1972, Ancient Law, Everyman’s Library, London
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract

Martin, David, 2002, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish, Blackwell Publishers
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world

Skocpol, Theda, 2003, Diminished Democracy, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again

Stevenson, David, 1990, The Origins of Freemasonry, Cambridge University Press
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland

Tooley, James, 2000, Reclaiming Education, Cassell
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor

Tooley, James, 2003, The Miseducation of Women, Ivan R. Dee
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls

West, E.G., 1994, Education and the State, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in

Zane, John Maxcy, 1998, The Story of Law, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis
How law developed from early times down to the present


Other RMC Books

Ahlstrom, S.E., 1972, A religious history of the American people, Yale UP

Anbinder, Tyler, 2001, Five Points, The Free Press, New York

Ankerberg, John, and Weldon, John, 1998, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon

Armstrong, Karen, 1994, A History of God, Ballantine Books

Armstrong, Karen, 2000, The Battle for God., Knopf

Barzun, Jacques, 2000, From Dawn to Decadence, Harper/Collins, New York

Beck, Don Edward, and Cowan, Christopher C, 1996, Spiral Dynamics, Blackwell

Best, Geoffrey, 1979, Mid-Victorian Britain 1851-75, Fontana Press, London

Bethell, Tom, 1998, The Noblest Triumph, St. Martin's Griffin, New York

Brace, C.L., 1880, The Dangerous classes of New York, Adamant

Brands, H.W., 2000, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, Doubleday, New York

Bretall, Robert, 1973, A Kierkegaard Anthology, Princeton University Press

Broughton, John M. et al, 1982, The Cognitive-developmental Psychology of James Mark Baldwin, Ablex

Burke, Edmund, 1937, Edmund Burke“Edmund Burke”, P.F. Collier
includes Reflections of the Revolution in France

Burke, James, 1985, The Day The Universe Changed, Little Brown, Boston

Burns, MacGregor and Murray, Williamson, ed., 2001, The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050“The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050”, Cambridge University Press

Bushman, C.L. and R.L., 1999, Mormons in America, Oxford University Press, New York

Campbell, Joseph, 1968, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press

Carnes, Tony, 2001/4/13, “The Pentecostal City”, The Wall Street Journal

Carter, Stephen L., 2001, God’s Name in Vain, Basic Books

Chernow, Ron, 2005, Alexander Hamilton“Alexander Hamilton”, Penguin

Clark, Gregory, 2007, A Farewell to Alms“A Farewell to Alms”, Princeton UP
How the industrial revolution turned survival of the richest into upward mobility

Cleary, Edward L. et al., 1997, Power, Politics, and Pentecostals in Latin America, Westview

Collins et al, Daryl, 2009, Portfolios for the Poor“Portfolios for the Poor”, Princeton UP
how the poor handle their finances

Combe, Victoria, 2001/12/26, “Curate's course feeds a spiritual hunger”, The Daily Telegraph

Cornford, Francis, 1945, The Republic of Plato, Oxford University Press

Cross, Whitney, 1950, The Burned-over District, Cornell UP

Crunden, R.M., 1982, Ministers of Reform: the Progressives’ Achievement in American civilization, 1889 - 1920, Basic

Dalrymple, Theodore, 2001, Life at the Bottom,, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago

De Soto, Hernando, 1990, The Other Path“The Other Path”, Harper and Row
how the informal economy works in Lima, Peru

Dobb, C. B., 1991, Sociology: An Introduction,, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Fort Worth

Eksteins, Modris, 1989, Rites of Spring, Anchor Books

Eliot, Charles W., 1909, The Religion of the Future, Kessinger

Eliot, George, 1996, Adam Bede“Adam Bede”, Oxford UP
British country life at turn of 19th century

Febvre, Lucien, 1975, The Coming of the Book,

Fletcher, Richard, 1999, The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity, University of California Press

Fogel, Robert William, 1989, Without Consent or Contract“Without Consent or Contract”, W.W. Norton
the history of plantation slavery in the New World

Foster, C.I., 1960, An errand of mercy, The evangelical united front, 1790-1837,, North Carolina UP

Friedan, Betty, 1963, The Feminine Mystique,

Fukuyama, Francis, 1996, Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity“Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity”, Free Press
on various levels of trust in different societies

Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1963, American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power“American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power”, Penguin
apology for rule by big business big labor and big government

Garrard-Burnett, Virginia, and Stoll, David, 1993, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America,

Gebser, Jean, 1984, The Everpresent Origin, Ohio University Press

Gould, Philip, 1999, The Unfinished Revolution, Abacus

Graña, César, 1964, Bohemian versus Bourgeois, Basic Books (O/S PQ292.G7)

Hamilton, etc., Alexander, 1999, The Federalist Papers“The Federalist Papers”, Mentor

Hardy, Thomas, 1988, Tess of the D'Urbervilles“Tess of the D'Urbervilles”, Oxford UP
the violation and abandonment of a country girl

Harris, E. Lowell, 1951, History and Policies of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation“History and Policies of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation”, NBER

Harris, Lee, 2004, Civilization and Its Enemies, Free Press

Hofstadter, Richard, 1963, Anti-intellectualism in American Life,

Hofstadter, Richard, 1955, The Age of Reform, Vintage Books, New York

Hunt, Morton, 1993, The Story of Psychology, Doubleday, New York

Hunter, James Davison, 1991, Culture Wars, Basic Books, New York

Johnson, Paul, 1979, A History of Christianity, Simon & Schuster

Josephson, Matthew, 1962, The Robber Barons, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Kaufmann, Walter, 1992, Basic Writings of Nietzsche, Modern Library, New York

Lane, Frederick C., 1973, Venice A Maritime Republic, Johns Hopkins University Press

Lane, Frederick C., 1992, Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Renaissance, Johns Hopkins University Press

Loevinger, Jane, 1976, Ego Development, , Jossey-Bass, San Francisco (SA BF175.L63)

MacIntyre, Alasdair, 2007, After Virtue“After Virtue”, University of Notre Dame Press

Markham, Jerry W., 2001, A Financial History of the United States“A Financial History of the United States”, M.E. Sharpe
included info on McFadden Act

Martin, David, 1990, Tongues of Fire, Blackwell Publishers

Marx, Karl, 1860, ,

Marx, Karl, and Engels, Friedrich, 1992, The Communist Manifesto, Bantam Books, New York

McCloskey, Deirdre, 2007, The Bourgeois Virtues“The Bourgeois Virtues”, Univ. of Chicago Press
on the inescapable need for the virtues

McLoughlin, William G., 1978, Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform, University of Chicago Press

Meltzer, Milton, 1971, Slavery, from the rise of western civilization to the Renaissance,, Cowles, New York (O HT863.M37)

Meltzer, Milton, 19xx,, Slavery, A World History,

Morris, William, 19xx, Art and Socialism,

Mosier, John, 2001, The Myth of the Great War“The Myth of the Great War”, Profile Books
how the Germans adapted their tactics to the reality of the lethal battlefield

Nigosian, S.A., 1993, The Zoroastrian Faith, , McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal

Novack, George, 1966, Existentialism versus Marxism, Dell Publishing
celebration of Marxism and Existentialism

Novak, Michael, 1991, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism“The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism”, Madison Books

Odom, William E., 1998, The Collapse of the Soviet Military, Yale University Press

Peterson, Jesse Lee, 2000, From Rage to Responsibility, Continuum International Publishing Group

Piven, Frances Fox, Cloward, Richard A, 1972, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare, Vintage Books, New York

Revel, Jean-Francois, 1978, The Totalitarian Temptation“The Totalitarian Temptation”, Penguin

Riis, Jacob A., 1997, How the Other Half Lives,, Penguin Classics, New York

Ryken, Leland, 1990, Worldly Saints, Zondervan

Scruton, Roger, 1984, A Short History of Modern Philosophy, Routledge
from the invention of the Cartesian ego to its destruction

Seymour-Jones, Carole, 1992, Beatrice Webb: A Life“Beatrice Webb: A Life”, Ivan R. Dee
partner of Sidney Webb and developer of Britain's welfare state

Shaw, Bernard, ed., 1889, Fabian Essays in Socialism, Dolphin Books

Sheehan, James J., 1989, German History 1770-1866, Clarendon Press, Oxford

Smith, Brian H., 1998, Religious Politics in Latin America: Pentecostal vs. Catholic,

Smith, Huston, 1991, The World’s Religions, HarperSanFrancisco, New York

Sowell, Thomas, 1998, Conquests and Cultures, Basic Books, New York

Stark, Rodney, 2004, Exploring the Religious Life, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

Stark, Rodney, and Bainbridge, William Sims, 1985, The Future of Religion, University of California Press

Stark, Rodney, and Bainbridge, William Sims, 1996, A Theory of Religion,

Stark, Rodney, and Finke, Roger, 2000, Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion, University of California Press, Berkeley

Stern, William J, 1997, “How Dagger John Saved New York’s Irish”, City Journal, Manhattan Institute

Stevenson, George M, 1952, The Puritan Heritage, Macmillan, New York

Stoll, David, 1990, Is Latin America Turning Protestant?, UC Press, Berkeley

Sweet, W., 1952, Religion in the development of American culture 1764-1840, Scribner

Taylor, Charles, 1992, Sources of the Self, Harvard UP
How the modern notion of the self emerged in the west

Thirsk, J, ed., 1967, The Agrarian History of England and Wales, Cambridge University Press, (SA HD593.A62)

Thoreau, Henry David, 1997, Walden, World’s Classics

Tooley, James, 2009, The Beautiful Tree“The Beautiful Tree”, Cato Institute
how third world private schools educate the poor

Trattner, Walter I., 1994, From Poor Law to Welfare State“From Poor Law to Welfare State”, Free Press
On the development of government welfare

Turner, Frederick, 1999, Shakespeare's Twenty-first Century Economics“Shakespeare's Twenty-first Century Economics”, Oxford UP

Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi, 2009, Off the Books“Off the Books”, Harvard UP
how the economy works in the inner city

Wade, Nicholas, 2006, Before the Dawn“Before the Dawn”, Penguin Press
using gene tracking on early humans

Webster, Donovan, 2002/01, “China’s Unknown Gobi”, National Geographic

Wilson, A.N., 1999, God’s Funeral, W.W. Norton

Wilson, August, 2003, Jitney, Overlook Press

Wood, Gordon S., 1992, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Knopf

Woodson, Robert L., 1998, The Triumphs of Joseph, The Free Press

World Bank, 2006, Where Is the Wealth of Nations?“Where Is the Wealth of Nations?”, World Bank
Intangible capital is the largest share of wealth

Zinn, Howard, 1997, The Zinn Reader“The Zinn Reader”, Seven Stories Press

 

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What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


Postmodernism

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization