A reading list for based financiers

The Story of Civilization by Will Durant and Ariel Durant

durant & durant

Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert

Bap bam

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

storm of steel

Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

LF céline

The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler

spengler

Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer

schopenhauer

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

nietzs

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer

iliad

An Open Letter to Open-Minded Progressives by Mencius Moldbug

open letter

Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

rothbard

Democracy by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

hoppe

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

submission h

The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

debord

Archeofuturism by Guillaume Faye

faye

Fanged Noumena by Nick Land

fanged noumena

Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher 

mark fisher

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Jan 29, 2022 - 9:09pm
DipDevour, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Haven't read demons. But I would like to read more Dostoevsky. More Russian literature in general. Read the gambler and master and the msrgherita by bulgakov 

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Jan 31, 2022 - 6:43pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

God and Man at Yale seems could be the dumbest book imaginable.  Mr. Buckley cries about how Yale should go back to its Christian roots, but if he applied to Yale back in those times he would be denied himself for simply being Catholic since Yale catered to upper class Protestants.

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Jan 31, 2022 - 7:49pm

I know that you get a lot of flak on this forum, but I agree with this take. If the hierarchies / systems from Buckley's school of thought were ever actually applied, many modern conservatives would find themselves disenfranchised. Relating to the text specifically, I think it has a valid point that academic freedom is important and has arguably been on the decline-- but on the flip side, if you're arguing stances that deny equality between peoples, you should do so in thoughtful manner and expect pushback. 

Jan 30, 2022 - 5:21am
neink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

2/10

Not even Le Camp des Saints by Raspail.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Jan 30, 2022 - 5:25am

I hesitated to add it to the list but eventually thought that it was too radical and would scare away people who would have otherwise been interested in the other books. 

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Jan 30, 2022 - 5:31am
neink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's a novel. In terms of ideological content, it's far less radical than BAP or Spengler.

Noteworthy to mention, the huge amount of content on the right about decline and civilization collapse. It's fine and dandy to shit on liberals as the cause of it, but conservatives really struggle to put forward something to be optimistic about, an idea of society to believe in. It's like Christianity but without redemption and paradise at the end.

Liberals on the other hand do an amazing work at promoting infantile, simplistic visions for the future, obscuring the details and dishonestly covering up problems.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Jan 30, 2022 - 10:15am
apeirontic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is a solid list, im glad there are others in finance

A few things to add if were only doing based lit

Poli-sci

- Schmitt, concept of the political 

- Lewis, the art of being ruled

- Uncle Ted, the industrial society and its future

Lit

- Mishima, sun and steel, confessions of a mask

- Junger, eumeswil

- McCarthy, blood meridian

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 30, 2022 - 10:57am

is this more of a political book list? wasn't expecting stuff like intelligent investor or cliche books but more of investor mindset books and think differently than the heard. 

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Jan 31, 2022 - 6:37pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Much of it is alt-right focused.  Stay away if you have brain cells.

Jan 30, 2022 - 8:38pm
Eurobondz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Submission by Houellebeque is AMAZING. Really explains the problems with liberalism and how the left is unable to confront extremism when it comes from a minority group (in this case, Muslims in France). Highly highly recommend.

Jan 30, 2022 - 8:49pm
Richelieu, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What about other books by Houellebecq? The Elementary Particles is considered one of his best works, and it is very revealing of the state of Western Culture. Honestly one of my favorite books overall. Platform is another good Houellebecq book that discusses Islamic extremism as well. 

Feb 2, 2022 - 12:21am
piagnoni, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A glaring misreading of Soumission and of Houellebecq, in general.

Islam, extremism, minorities - these are not the objects of Houellebecq's critique. Rather, his project is levied at you and I and the current Western zeitgeist. The Islamization of Europe in Soumission is but a stand-in for any host of 'submissionist' ideologies which feast on the present's terminal crisis, that of the fate of humanism and freedom in the face of techno-capitalism and its antisocial regimentation of human life. Houellebecq does not seek to describe, predict, or assign a normative value to any given future, but rather elucidates our own self-deception and emptiness, regardless of political leaning.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 30, 2022 - 10:35pm

I was considering reading through Story of Civilization but it's a ridiculous amount of text. Still wanted a book with a solid overview of world history, so picked up The History of the World by Roberts. It's a much more reasonable 1700 pages. Haven't gotten through it much but so far so good. Reviews on it are strong as well

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Jan 31, 2022 - 10:44am

The laundrymen - Jeffrey Robinson (more like a novel)

Trade-Based Money Laundering - John Cassara (more in detail)

Personally very interested in this topic

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Jan 31, 2022 - 4:16pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Many of the books listed here are written by far-right or Neo-Nazi authors and advocate for violence. 

Here's a quote from Siege, written by a Neo-Nazi:

"Those of you with backgrounds similar to mine in the American National Socialist Movement will be among the first to sadly admit that it was indeed a damnable shame that Hitler did not, in fact, kill at least six million Jews during the War."

Industrial Society and its Future was written by Ted Kaczynski, the notorious terrorist known as the Unabomber

Les Camp De Saints is another white nationalist novel about a migrant invasion.  Here's a quote

[The book repeatedly characterizes non-whites as sexual carnivores, as in this scene aboard the refugee fleet that is heading for Europe.] But in time, very slowly, the flesh [aboard the ships] began to seethe. ... Perhaps it was the heat... . Most of all, the natural drive of a people who never found sex to be sin. ... Everywhere, a mass of hands and mouths, of phalluses and rumps. ... Young boys, passed from hand to hand. Young girls, barely ripe ... waking to the silent play of eager lips. ... Men with women, men with men, women with women, men with children... . And so, in a welter of dung and debauch - and hope as well - the Last Chance Armada pushed on toward the West.

From Democracy, the God that Failed, author Hans Herman Hoppe longs for the bad old days when we could lynch blacks if they went to the wrong town after sunset:

Instead, one would be on the right path toward restoring the freedom of association and exclusion implied in the institution of private property, if only towns and villages could and would do what they did as a matter of course until well into the nineteenth century in Europe and the United States. There would be signs regarding entrance requirements to the town … (for example, no beggars, bums, or homeless, but also no homosexuals, drug users, Jews, Moslems, Germans or Zulus).

Feb 1, 2022 - 7:00am
neink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Also read the following:

- How to be an antiracist by Ibram Kendi

- Utopia for realist by Rutger Bregman

- Sapiens by Harari

Vademecum for dystopias. 

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
Jan 31, 2022 - 5:50pm

And here comes the Drumpftard with yet another retarded post.

Many of the books listed here are written by far-right or Neo-Nazi authors and advocate for violence. 

Here's a quote from Siege, written by a Neo-Nazi:

Industrial Society and its Future was written by Ted Kaczynski, the notorious terrorist known as the Unabomber

Les Camp De Saints is another white nationalist novel about a migrant invasion.  Here's a quote

This is the most obvious association fallacy I have ever seen. Literally none of those books is in the list you dimwit.

From Democracy, the God that Failed, author Hans Herman Hoppe longs for the bad old days when we could lynch blacks if they went to the wrong town after sunset:

Instead, one would be on the right path toward restoring the freedom of association and exclusion implied in the institution of private property, if only towns and villages could and would do what they did as a matter of course until well into the nineteenth century in Europe and the United States. There would be signs regarding entrance requirements to the town … (for example, no beggars, bums, or homeless, but also no homosexuals, drug users, Jews, Moslems, Germans or Zulus).

And for the only book that actually is in the list, anyone who will read the quote will notice the false attribution fallacy as Hoppe does not condone anywhere in the quote the lynching of blacks.

Now Drumpftard, you midwit low-testosterone soycuck, take your sophistic normie arguments back on Reddit and let the big boys talk.

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Jan 31, 2022 - 6:24pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Those books were recommended by other posters in the thread.  The original poster also endorsed Les Camp De Saints but was worried it would scare away normal people.  

The 19th century towns in the US that banned or discriminated against black people, which he clearly endorses, did so with a threat of violence.  They didn't just tell black people to go on their merry way and they complied.  Hoppe never explains what this "physical removal" is, but history has shown that this has never been peaceful.

A PE VP is calling me a "low-testosterone soycuck" 😂😂 sure buddy

Feb 2, 2022 - 12:43am
piagnoni, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pure ideology.

While a somewhat interesting collection, you've marred your credibility with some inclusions. These types of texts appeal to those who are discontent (rightly), distrustful (wrongly), and lack a strong sense of self (wrongly). Ironically, this last character trait is shared with those to whom many of these critiques are oriented towards. Much more impactful (and well-written) literature can be found, but as an introduction these sorts of paleo-manifestos, feral ontologies, and libertarian drivel-disguised-as-theory are not a horrendous place to start for novices, given a steady mind and a careful disposition. If you would like an alternate list, perhaps begin by reading Adorno, Horkheimer, Gadamer, Gramsci, Sohn-Rethel, or any number of actual, bona-fide critical theorists. 

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Feb 2, 2022 - 12:13pm
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