CJay Engel

October 23, 2019

What I've Been Reading

The last five months, more than any time in about the last three-four years, has been a time of immense reading productivity for me. Aware that I am broadening my emphasis and areas of interest, some have asked about what I’ve been reading. Here’s a selection of the more impactful ones. I haven't read each word of every one of them. But most of them I've read through. The most important ones in terms of giving me a better outlook on the world are the first seven:

The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World, by James Burnham (coupled with a knowledge of Mises' work on Interventionism and Rothbard's work on crony capitalism, this is top three of the most important books I have EVER read— a key other one being Hoppe's Democracy: The God that Failed)

The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom by James Burnham

After Liberalism by Paul Gottfried (second time through this)

Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt, by Paul Gottfried (third time through this—very important work)

The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right by Paul Gottfried (very difficult, but rewarding)

John Selden and the Western Political Tradition, by Ofer Haivry

History of the Idea of Progress by Robert Nisbet

[There was the first seven]

Ethnic America: A History by Thomas Sowell

Outlines of the Philosophy of Right, GWF Hegal

The Southern Tradition at Bay: A History of Postbellum Thought by Richard Weaver

Latter-Day Pamphlets, Thomas Carlyle

The Sociological Tradition by Robert Nisbet

Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right Sunic Tomislav

The Origins Of Totalitarian Democracy, JL Talmon

Public Opinion, Walter Lippmann

The Making of Modern Society by Robert Nisbet

Dictatorship, by Carl Schmitt

Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty by Carl Schmitt

The South Was Right! by James Ronald Kennedy

Family and Civilization, by Carle C. Zimmerman

Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West, RR Reno

The End of Order: Versailles 1919 by Charles Mee

The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, by Gabriele Kuby

The Conservative Revolution in Germany, 1918-1932, by Armin, Mohler

The Tyranny of Values and Other Texts, by Carl Schmitt

Carl Schmitt: Theorist for the Reich by Joseph Bendersky

The Social Crisis of Our Time by Wilhelm Ropke

A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market
Röpke, Wilhelm

The Limits of Liberalism: Tradition, Individualism, and the Crisis of Freedom, by Mark Mitchell

Carl Schmitt: Politics and Theory by Paul Gottfried

Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom, Jacob Levy

The New Science of Politics by Eric Voegelin

Democracy and Leadership Irving Babbitt

Roots Of American Order by Russell Kirk

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence David Bromwich

Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde Wilson

Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture by Clyde Wilson

Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism by Sam Francis

At the End of an Age by John Lukacs

About the author

C.Jay Engel is the founder and publisher of Bastion Magazine. He has written for, LRC, David Stockman, and related. He owns several consulting business, actively works on the magazine, and lives in Northern CA.

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