It’s time we have a repository for all things book related. I’m not talking about magazines or talking points, I’m talking about the foundational literature that should or does form the basis for your opinions and outlook politically. The books can be strictly political, or political/historical, or purely historical. Even philosophical. However, the rule is the books listed have to be 1) books you personally have read and 2) books that you consider fundamental to understanding politics and economy.
Certainly historical documents count, even if not “book” form.
The third rule is you need to give a reason for every book or paper/dissertation/document you post. Repeats from somebody else are ok, if you’d like to talk about your reasons for having them on the list–I think that helps bring up good discussion points or for that matter remind yourself of things you may have forgotten on the way.
Here’s 3 of mine. No need to be limited to U.S. sources, I just have these three off the top of my head to start off with.
U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, for what I hope are obvious reasons being that it is the founding document of this country and also that it is generally a good idea to revisit a document you “think” you remember from time to time to check your opinions against the primary source. We all get sidetracked from time to time.
The Federalist Papers. If there is one central repository for the Founding Father’s outlooks on governance and political will, this is it. It expands on the things enumerated in The Documents and further I think prevents people from saying “well the Founding Fathers said this” when they didn’t, because if you had read certain of the Federalist Papers you would have gotten the person’s opinions on the matter first hand.
Locke’s 2nd Treatise on Government. This is in my opinion one of the–if not the singular–penultimate documents on political philosophy for the modern world. Locke took the more extreme views of Hobbes and modified them into a rational and cohesive whole philosophy. This was also one of the source materials for our Founding Fathers and obviously it might pay to read many of the sources they would have been reading.