The Irreverent Economist

What We Are Reading

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single book. Here you can find a sampling of the many sources on which we rely to learn about our ever-changing world. Our scope is broad and our interests eclectic. Feel free to check the archives, for we often refer back to these materials for fresh insights.

Happy reading!

Winter 2020


Politics & Culture

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshanna Zuboff

Uncanny Valley, Anna Weiner

Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino

The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber

The Theory of the Leisure Class, Torsten Veblen

The Case Against Education, Bryan Caplan

Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky

The Seneca Effect, Ugo Bardi

Edmund Burke, Jesse Norman

Rendez-Vous with Oblivion, Thomas Frank

Sh*t Show! The Country's Collapsing...and the Ratings are Great, Charlie LeDuff

Economics & Finance

Stabilizing an Unstable Economy, Hyman Minsky

Fed Up, Danielle DiMartino Booth

Debt, the First 5,000 Years, David Graeber

The Great Crash of 1929, John Kenneth Galbraith

Goliath:  The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, Matt Stoller

Makers and Takers:  The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, Rana Foroohar

The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, Jonathan Tepper & Denise Hearn

Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government, Paul Volcker

Risk Less and Prosper: Your Guide to Safer Investing, Zvi Grilliches


Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big, Bo Burlingham

The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier

Psychology & Health

An American Sickness, Elisabeth Rosenthal

Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker

The Coddling of the American Mind, Jonathan Haidt & Greg Lukianoff

The Narcissist in Your Life, Julie Hall

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, Kathryn Schultz

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

On the Shortness of Life:  Life is Long if You Know How to Use It, Seneca


Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gilead, Marilyn Robinson

Early Warning, Jane Smiley

Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

American Triangle, Nelda Hirsh




400 million locked down in China to fight coronavirus

It’s past time to tell the public it will probably go pandemic and we should all prepare now

Why does the US have so few confirmed coronavirus cases?

Only three US states can test for coronavirus says public lab group

Coronavirus threatens shortages of about 150 drugs

How to Quarantine at Home


Dystopian Technology

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

US Medical Data Security Gets Worse 2 Months After Expose of Hundreds of Millions of Images, Related Patient Info Open on the Internet

New Mexico Attorney General Sues Google Over Kiddie Privacy

You Are Now Remotely Controlled

Surveillance Capitalism (video)

Lawmakers Say Financial Giant Envestnet Has Been Selling User Data Without Telling Them

Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data on Millions of Americans

Facebook will now pay you for your voice recordings…But it won’t pay much

Barclays installs big-brother style spyware on employees’ computers

Machine Politics

Is Amazon Unstoppable?

Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

The Great Google Revolt


IMF Boss Says global economy risks return of Great Depression

Trump Administration Sees No Threat to Economy From Monopolies

How Money Became Dangerous

Oren Cass, The Once and Future Worker

Bad News is No Longer Good News For Markets

Kolanovic: The Tech Bubble Is Driven By Central Banks And Will Collapse; "This Time Is Not Different"

Morgan Stanley Can't Believe What's Going On: "All Aboard The Crazy Train"

Goldman: Imminent Market Correction Now Looks Much More Probable

A Change of Heart at the Fed?

Here’s What Gets Me about the Fed’s Warnings of “Excesses and Imbalances that Are Hard to Deal with Later”

IMF Global Financial Stability Report, Global Corporate Vulnerabilities: Riskier Business

Japan, the Fed and the Limits of QE

The Crazy Train

David Collum's Year in Review 2019, Part I and Part II


Magazines, Blogs & Podcasts

Naked Capitalism


Epsilon Theory

Liberty Blitzkreig

Marginal Revolution

The Felder Report

Epsilon Theory

Wolf Street

Zero Hedge

Hussman Funds

Revisionist History

The Knowledge Project

American Affairs Journal

Slate Star Codex


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