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Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practises a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political ...more

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The Operator by Robert  O'Neill
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Super Pumped by Mike Isaac
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Pretty amazing account of Uber by a journalist who was involved in the story. Doesn't really focus on all the great product innovation and other technical work done at Uber, but I guess that's a function of author and audience. Does include a lot of ...more
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Chapterhouse by Frank Herbert
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A Brief History of Vice by Robert   Evans
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Good, well-researched book about how a variety of vices (drugs, sex, parties, etc.) were instrumental to the creation of civilization -- e.g, people settled down from hunter-gatherers to agriculture so they could reliably grow grain for brewing beer ...more
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Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
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While I love a lot about the Dune universe, the books just get worse and worse. This one has a page or two of something interesting (hints about one of the organizations, references to something that happened before), and sometimes intriguing descrip ...more
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Moneyland by Oliver Bullough
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An interesting and far-ranging overview of how capital avoids controls through global arbitrage. Include the history of citizenship by investment, offshore banking, and the symbiotic roles of third world corruption and property and banking markets of ...more
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Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
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While I love a lot about the Dune universe, the books just get worse and worse. This one has a page or two of something interesting (hints about one of the organizations, references to something that happened before), and sometimes intriguing descrip ...more
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Physical Red Team Operations by Jeremiah Talamantes
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Sandworm by Andy Greenberg
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One of the best books about modern infosecurity threats -- a detailed investigation into the activities of GRU in attacking infrastructure around the world (primarily in Ukraine), their motivations, and where the threat is evolving.
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Arthur Schopenhauer
“clumsy charlatan like Hegel is confidently branded as such? German philosophy is precisely so, laden with contempt, mocked abroad, rejected by honest sciences – like a strumpet who, for filthy lucre, yesterday gave herself up to one, today to another; and the minds of the contemporary generation of scholars are jumbled by Hegelian nonsense: incapable of thought, coarse and stupefied, they become the prey of the vulgar materialism that has crept out of the Basilisk's egg”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Schopenhauer: On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason and Other Writings: 4

William Gibson
“Things were launching themselves from the ornate sunburst spires, glittering leech shapes made of shifting planes of light. There were hundreds of them, rising in a whirl, their movements random as windblown paper down dawn streets. “Glitch systems,” the voice said.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

“Dedication To all my enemies: I could not have done it without you.”
Antonio Garcia Martinez, Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Bill Browder
“Seventy years of communism had destroyed the work ethic of an entire nation. Millions of Russians had been sent to the gulags for showing the slightest hint of personal initiative. The Soviets severely penalized independent thinkers, so the natural self-preservation reaction was to do as little as possible and hope that nobody would notice you.”
Bill Browder, Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy

Francis Fukuyama
“In particular, the virtues and ambitions called forth by war are unlikely to find expression in liberal democracies. There will be plenty of metaphorical wars—corporate lawyers specializing in hostile takeovers who will think of themselves as sharks or gunslingers, and bond traders who imagine, as in Tom Wolfe’s novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, that they are “masters of the universe.” (They will believe this, however, only in bull markets.) But as they sink into the soft leather of their BMWs, they will know somewhere in the back of their minds that there have been real gunslingers and masters in the world, who would feel contempt for the petty virtues required to become rich or famous in modern America. How long megalothymia will be satisfied with metaphorical wars and symbolic victories is an open question. One suspects that some people will not be satisfied until they prove themselves by that very act that constituted their humanness at the beginning of history: they will want to risk their lives in a violent battle, and thereby prove beyond any shadow of a doubt to themselves and to their fellows that they are free. They will deliberately seek discomfort and sacrifice, because the pain will be the only way they have of proving definitively that they can think well of themselves, that they remain human beings.”
Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man

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