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Nathan Wilson Cravens

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Declaration of Independence From The World Order
'The Key' By Anna Brodskaya: Voiced and Pianoed By Nathan Cravens
'All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace' By Richard Brautigan: Voiced By Anna Brodskaya
The Constitutional Convention For The Royal Republican Empire of The United States of The World

@nwcrav | Contact || Founder Open Manufacturing Discussion || Nathan's Music at Soundcloud. Self-released album: Salvation or Here. || Occupy Librarian (London) 2011-12 || For my philosophy of operations see The Holistic Problem of Manufacturing. Also see Open Manufacturing - Wikipedia, Advanced Civilization, Category: Manufacturing, Eric Hunting's Solar Punk Design, and Metabolic, a supergroup of industrial ecologists.

Latest Publications: After The Constitution: Contemplating Robotic Armies (August 6, 2021) | The Future of Unions (January 5, 2021) | If Not Now, When, And Who With? Thoughts on Social Transformation Toward the Adoption of Platform Commons (December 22, 2020) | Bringing Behind the Scenes, Forward Into Loving Community (December 15, 2020) | The Public Verticle: How to Address the Next Great Depression (October 29, 2020) | Reasserting Political Economy: The Two Functions (July 7, 2020) | The Innovative Green Automation of Grocery Retailing (June 8, 2020) | Remarks on the Uprising. (June 3, 2020) | Imagining Systemic Change and Robotic Ecologies in Our Time (June 2, 2020) | Might the Flames Set A Vision Alight, or Might the Smoke Suffocate Any Hope? (May 29, 2020) | Proposing A Public Resource Management System for Loomio (April 15, 2020) | The Green New Deal: Accessing the Political and Disciplinary Spectrum to Build Project Cybersyn 2.0 (April 12, 2020) | Sectors of Engagement: The Household, Freeshop, and Ideological Space (April 5, 2020) | The Federated Council: A Brief Framework (April 3, 2020) | Restructuring Political Economy for Public Benefit in Isolation (March 26, 2020) | The Building Blocks of System Change: Forming Alliances (November 5, 2019) | Revolutionary Governance through Citizen’s Assemblies, Expert Councils, & Direct Action: Achieving Post-Scarcity in 8 Simple Steps… (October 3, 2019) | Herding Cats to Map the Damage, the Revolution, and the World of Production (September 24, 2019) | The Shortcomings of Transition & Necessity of Revolution: Extinction Rebellion, The Zeitgeist Movement, and Occupy Reflections (September 12, 2019) | Revolution Now! (September 1, 2019) | The Emergency Consultant Will See You Now (June 28, 2019) | Thoughts on Democratising (June 27, 2019) | Why Don't Machines Do the Work? | The Humanoid Machinist. . or, What is Art? | From Big to Small: Open Fabrication, Modular Production, & Programmable Matter | An Ode to Platform Cooperativism: The Quest for Greater Freedom | Introducing a Rescue Package for Refugees


Post-Scarcity Book Notes

I've worked on a post-scarcity book for years. Maybe you have too, perhaps under a different name. My notes.

Key points of the text:

  • Soon there will be 8 billion people on Earth. Imagine the possibilities if no one alive had to toil simply to survive. What amazing discoveries, intimate cultural diversities, deeply involved adventures, and technological wonders might there be? Maybe by the end of 2100, instead of the dire predictions of an extinct planet today, we will be brave enough, ideally before we are too overwhelmingly desperate, to come together and fight: in order to better scrutinize and control: the useful functions of institutions and technology left over after decades of black box institutionalism and blind profiteering from an increasingly destitute population.
  • We see each other as individuals online with more transparency than institutions and technologies; and yet we depend on institutions and technologies to survive. Shouldn't we know where things are going and how they work in detail, especially given our present ecocidal crisis? Why don't we know how much damage we're doing? Let's have the damage report; the map of the full global territory, so we can aggressively address these vital life-threatening areas, to tackle in the exact same manner as a looming nuclear attack or asteroid collision, moonshot-after-moonshot.
  • We must embark on a grand multi/transdisciplinary global design campaign and imagine new interfaces for the web beyond the 2D endless feed fueling outrage and cancelation instead of insight and collaboration. Those with technical gifts and expertise need to embark on not only a revolution of the mind (as that too can be bought and sold to continue a market system), but be driven by the failures and false promises of liberalism and embark on a democratic takeover of our failed governments to create a network of integrated councils that fully and openly observe the avenues of production, the earth itself and beyond.

Research Questions:

  • Why do we fall for lies that give us hope? Why haven't we radically changed the system as it needs to be? What, even faced with impending doom, will motivate us to make the changes necessary? A pandemic? Time will tell.
  • What are these changes to be? What are the major problems / hurdles? . . .
  • What works of fiction demonstrate grand-scale thinking and a thriving environment? In other words, what works of fiction are not dystopian or that describe in detail a thriving world before the fall?
  • How does degrowth turn to post-scarcity without a global meltdown? What economists or academics are working on and modeling this?
  • Who's working on user interfaces inspired by Project Cybersyn, OGAS, and more recently Resource Based Economy?
  • Who are the revolutionary holistic roboticists, material scientists, architects, and artists that dare to imagine a broad scope perspective on our vibrant future as opposed to the highly neurotic hyperspecialization in our present pre-apocolyptic era?

Notable Thinkers

Anna Brodskaya | Eva Gladek | Elizabeth Corbin | Nadine Galle | Michel Bauwens | James Burke | Mitch Altman | Paul Chatterton | Milena Buchs | Dan O'Neill | Charles Collis | Paul Fernhout | Izabella Kaminska | Eric Hunting | Vinay Gupta | Smári McCarthy | Catarina Mota | Marcin Jakubowski | Peter Joseph | Kevin Carson

Reddit Roll Call

r/ClimateActionPlan | r/DesignPorn | r/PostScarcity | r/userexperience | r/architecture | r/TZM | r/circulareconomy | r/Permaculture | r/engineering | r/cooperatives | r/Futurology | r/LateStageCapitalism | r/collapse | r/BreadTube

Lectures and Discussions

Public Speaking


Books read aloud by Nathan.

Top Picks

  • People's Republic of Walmart. Leigh Phillips. Michal Rozworski
  • People's History of The United States (2010) Howard Zinn
  • Dictionary of Alternatives. Valérie Fournier. Martin Parker. Patrick Reedy
  • Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. Sasha Costanza-Chock
  • Designing Reality. How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution. (2017) Neil, Alan, & Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
  • How to Grow a Robot: Developing Human-Friendly, Social AI (2020) Mark H. Lee
  • The Sacred & The Profane: The Nature of Religion (1957) Mircea Eliade
  • The World as an Architectural Project. (2020) Hashim Sarkis. Roi Salgueiro Barrio. Gabriel Kozlowski
  • New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question. (2019) Neil Brenner
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Melissa Wagner. Max Dalton (Illustrator)
  • A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul. Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin
  • The Ethical Slut. 3rd Edition. Dossie Easton. Janet Hardy
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell
  • The Gift. Lewis Hyde
  • Free is Cheaper. Ken Smith
  • Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software. Nadia Eghbal
  • What The Dormouse Said: How The 60s Counterculture Shaped The Personal Computer. John Markoff
  • From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Fred Turner
  • Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee
  • The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats. Allen Ginsberg
  • A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond. (2020) Daniel Susskind
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert Sapolsky
  • Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. Jamie Susskind
  • Apocalypse Never. Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Michael Shellenberger
  • Governing the Commons. Elinor Ostrom
  • Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary
  • What If. . . Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy. Peg Tittle
  • The Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Democracy for the Few. 9th Edition. Michael Parenti
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Timothy Snyder
  • The Dictator's Handbook. Alastair Smith. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  • Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle: Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • The Histories Volumes 1-4: Ancient. Middle. Early Modern. Modern. Susan Wise Bauer
  • On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present. Alan Ryan
  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Fernand Braudel
  • Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism. Peter Marshall
  • The American Empire and the Fourth World & Earth Into Property. Anthony J. Hall
  • A History of Western Philosophy. Bertrand Russell
  • Bullshit Jobs. David Graeber
  • Giants: The Global Power Elite. Peter Phillips
  • Who Owns the World. Kevin Cahill. Rob Mcmahon
  • Neo Feudalism. Joel Kotkin
  • Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Matt Stoller
  • Pears' Cyclopaedia. (2017, Last Edition)
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Susan Ratcliffe

Michel Bauwens Top 4

  • 1. The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi, the history of the ebbs and flows within capitalism
  • 2. The Ever-Present Origin, Jean Gebser, the history of evolving modes of consciousness
  • 3. The Structure of World History, Kojin Karatani, the history of modes of exchange
  • 4. Linages of Modernity, Emmanuel Todd, how deep structures of family , religion and education influence the past and present of humanity and what we can expect in the next decades

Operations Management

  • McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  • Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology and Short Supply Chain. Gallaud, Delphine. Laperche, Blandine
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management. F. Robert Jacobs. Richard B. Chase
  • The Encyclopedia of Operations Management: A Field Manual and Glossary of Operations Management Terms and Concepts. Arthur V. Hill


  • Architecture 101: From Frank Gehry to Ziggurats, an Essential Guide to Building Styles and Materials. Nicole Bridge
  • Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession. Reinier de Graaf
  • The Arcades Project. Walter Benjamin
  • The Poetics of Space. Gaston Bachelard

Urban Design

  • Psychogeography. Merlin Coverley
  • Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change. Paul Chatterton
  • All Over The Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities. Michael Sorkin
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jane Jacobs
  • The City in History. Lewis Mumford
  • Happy City. Charles Montgomery


  • Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Pasquale Ferranti, Elliot Berry, Anderson Jock
  • The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Amanda Little


  • Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI. John Brockman (Ed.)
  • The Wizard & The Prophet. Charles C. Mann
  • Foundations of Futures Studies. Volumes 1 & 2. Wendell Bell
  • Superforecasting. Philip E. Tetlock. Dan Gardner
  • Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell


  • Zero-to-One. Peter Thiel
  • The Personal MBA. (2012) Josh Kaufman
  • VC: An American History. (2019) Tom Nicholas
  • Incerto. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives. (2020) Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  • The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking. (2018) Mikael Krogerus. Roman Tschäppeler
  • Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World. (2020) Marco Iansiti, Karim R. Lakhani
  • No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. (2020) Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings
  • No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. (2020) Sarah Frier
  • The 48 Laws of Power. Robert Greene
  • What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. Stephen A. Schwarzman
  • Mind Map Mastery. Tony Buzan
  • The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry. (2019) Katy Cook
  • American Oligarchs. Andrea Bernstein
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Mayer Jane
  • Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Christopher Leonard
  • Zucked: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. Roger McNamee
  • The Upstarts. Brad Stone
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. John Carreyrou
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. Nick Bilton
  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success. Matthew Syed
  • Crossing the Chasm. 3rd Ed. Geoffrey Moore
  • The Rise of Superman. Steven Kotler
  • Exponential Organizations. Salim Ismail et al.
  • Made in America. Sam Walton
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Ben Horowitz
  • The Lean Startup. Eric Ries
  • Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don't. Jeffrey Pfeffer

State Craft

  • The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World. Jonathan Powell

Public Speaking / Business Communication

  • Speakrets. Ruth Sherman
  • Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact. Phil M Jones
  • Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World. Stuart Diamond


  • Business Models in the Circular Economy. Roberta De Angelis
  • Reinventing Organizations. Frederic Laloux
  • Big-box Swindle. Stacy Mitchell

Alternative & Grassroots Organization

  • Dictionary of Alternatives. Martin Parker, Patrick Reedy, and Valerie Fournier
  • The Conquest of Bread. Peter Kropotkin
  • The Desktop Regulatory State. Kevin Carson
  • Designing Regenerative Cultures. Daniel Wahl
  • Miraculous Abundance. Perrine Hervé-Gruyer. Charles Hervé-Gruyer
  • Holacracy. Brian J. Robertson
  • The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization (Also See: Dictionary of Alternatives)


  • The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. (2017) Jason Hickel
  • The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay. Emmanuel Saez. Gabriel Zucman
  • Winners Take All. The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Anand Giridharadas
  • Spirit Level. Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity... Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations. David S. Landes

Precariat / Unnecissariat

  • America: The Farewell Tour. Chris Hedges
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Jessica Bruder
  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. David Graeber
  • Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy. Trebor Scholz
  • Remote: Office Not Required. David Heinemeier Hansson. Jason Fried

What, Work?!

  • The Soul of Man under Socialism. Oscar Wilde
  • The Job: The Future of Work in the Modern Era. Ellen Ruppel Shell
  • The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work. Stanley Aronowitz. William Difazio
  • Why Work? Arguments for the Leisure Society. David Graeber, Juliet Schor, ect.
  • Undoing Work. James Chamberlain
  • The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work. David Frayne

Social Justice & Progress

Resistance, Rebellion, & Revolution

  • Anarchy: A Graphic Guide. Clifford Harper
  • No One is Too Small to Make a Difference. Greta Thunberg
  • Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction. Jack Goldstone
  • The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. Robert Allison
  • The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. S. A. Smith
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction. William Doyle
  • Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. Jonathan Matthew Smucker
  • The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason. Chapo Trap House
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Adrienne Maree Brown
  • Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Erica Chenoweth. Maria J. Stephan
  • Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle
  • This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century. Mark Engler, Paul Engler
  • This is Not a Drill. Extinction Rebellion
  • The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan: Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism. Abdullah Öcalan
  • Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan. Knapp, Ayboga, Flach, Biehl
  • Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Mark Bray
  • Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Mark Bray
  • Revolutionary Suicide. Huey P. Newton
  • The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution. Ed. Lierre Keith

Peer Production / The Commons


  • Custom Reality and You. Peter Coffin
  • How Propaganda Works. Jason Stanley
  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. Drew Westen
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

U.S. Imperialism

  • Democracy for the Few. 9th Edition. Michael Parenti
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • America's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else. William Blum
  • How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. Daniel Immerwahr
  • Surveillance Valley. Yasha Levine
  • 935 Lies. Charles Lewis
  • Griftopia. Matt Taibbi
  • Hoodwinked. John Perkins
  • Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire. Niall Ferguson
  • The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to The US Empire. Julian Assange
  • Clinton Cash. Peter Schweizer
  • Fear: Trump in the White House. Bob Woodward
  • The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. Mike Lofgren


Basic Income + Basic Assets + Basic Resources

Heterodox Economics

  • The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy. (2020) Stephanie Kelton
  • Capital and Ideology. (2020) Thomas Piketty
  • Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics. Robert Skidelsky
  • The Value of Everything. Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato
  • Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics. Katrine Marçal
  • Stolen. Grace Blakeley
  • Doughnut Economics. Kate Raworth
  • Prosperity Without Growth. Tim Jackson
  • Debt: The First 5000 Years. David Graeber
  • Lewis Hyde. The Gift
  • The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis. Adam Arvidsson. Nicolai Peitersen
  • The Enigma of Capital. David Harvey
  • Carlota Perez. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital
  • Raj Patel. The Value of Nothing
  • Robert Freedman. Marx on Economics


  • The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers. Ann Pettifor
  • A FINANCIAL HISTORY of the UNITED STATES. 3 Vols. Jerry W. Markham
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power. Nomi Prins
  • How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour. Les Leopold
  • All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Bethany McLean. Joe Nocera.
  • Makers and Takers. Rana Foroohar
  • The Shifts and the Shocks. Martin Wolf
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World. Liaquat Ahamed


  • Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking. Daniel C. Dennett
  • The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning. (2017) Jeremy Lent
  • Sex and the Failed Absolute. Slavoj Zizek
  • Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left. Ben Burgis
  • 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing. Tom Butler-Bowdon

Discrimination: Acceptance: Solidarity

  • Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. Susan Neiman
  • Wretched of the Earth. Frantz Fanon
  • Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults. Laurie Penny
  • So You Want to Talk About Race. Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Angela Saini

Nonviolence & Compassion

  • Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Mark Kurlansky
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. 3rd Ed. Marshall Rosenberg
  • Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group, Or Classroom by Lucy Leu
  • Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence. David Keirsey


  • The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. Tony Attwood
  • Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome. Eva A. Mendes
  • Neurotribes. Steve Silberman
  • The Electricity of Every Living Thing. Katherine May

Generational ("OK, Boomer")

  • The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy. William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt, Jonathan; Lukianoff, Greg.
  • Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Harris Malcolm


  • The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution. Michael J. Klarman
  • These Truths: A History of the United State. Jill Lapore
  • Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present. Frank M. Snowden
  • Civilizations: Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History. Jane McIntosh. Clint Twist
  • New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers. John Butman and Simon Targett
  • Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Fernand Braudel
  • Democracy and Truth: A Short History. Sophia A. Rosenfeld
  • The Histories Volumes 1-4. Susan Wise Bauer
  • On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present. Alan Ryan
  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • American Connections. The Founding Fathers. Networked. James Burke
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Yuval Noah Harari
  • Better Angels of Our Nature. Steven Pinker
  • The Story of Civilization. Eleven Volumes. Will & Ariel Durant
  • Why the West Rules—For Now. Ian Morris
  • Empire: Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Lessons for Global Power. Niall Ferguson
  • A History of Modern Europe. Albert S. Lindemann
  • A Secret History of the World. Jonathan Black
  • Martin Cohen. Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao

Histories of Innovation

  • Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation. (2020) Anton Howes

Radical, Controversial, & Progressive Histories

Biography / Autobiography

  • Alan Watts. In My Own Way
  • Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography. Vlad Tarko
  • Made in America. Sam Walton
  • The Bending Cross. Biography of Eugene Debs. Ray Ginger
  • Autobiography of Bertrand Russell
  • Andrew Carnegie. David Nasaw
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller. Sr. Ron Chernow
  • Friedrich Nietzsche. Curtis Cate


  • AI Superpowers. Kai-Fu Lee
  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chace
  • Cybernetic Revolutionaries. Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. Eden Medina
  • Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World. Lawrence D. Burns
  • The Glass Cage. Nicholas Carr
  • The Second Machine Age. Erik Brynjolfsson. Andrew McAfee
  • The Internet Is Not the Answer. Andrew Keen
  • Rise of the Machines. Martin Ford
  • Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves


  • In Climate Emergency, Break Glass. Saul Griffith
  • Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship. John Todd
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Kelly Weinersmith. Zach Weinersmith
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World. Mark Miodownik
  • Coders. Clive Thompson
  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chase
  • Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. Neil Gershenfeld
  • Design. Paul Clark & Julian Freeman
  • Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. George Church
  • Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. Vaclav Smil
  • Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization. Vaclav Smil
  • The Master Algorithm. Pedro Domingos
  • How We Got to Now. Steven Johnson
  • The Quest for AI. Nils J. Nilsson
  • Marvin Minsky. Emotion Machine
  • Steven Johnson. Where Good Ideas Come From
  • Atul Gawande. The Checklist Manifesto


  • The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. Susan Wise Bauer
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert Sapolsky
  • Quantum Questions. Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists. Ken Wilber
  • Beyond Biocentrism. Robert Lanza
  • The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. 2nd Ed. Richard Dawkins. Yan Wong
  • Pale Blue Dot. Carl Sagan


  • The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. David Wallace-Wells
  • Merchants of Doubt. Erik M. Conway. Naomi Oreskes
  • Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Carey Gillam


  • Upheaval. Jared Diamond
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies. (1988) Joseph Tainter

Permaculture & Homesteading

  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway. John Todd
  • The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. Ben Falk
  • The Woodland Homestead. Brett McLeod. Philip Ackerman-Leist


  • SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere. John 'Lofty' Wiseman
  • Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources. M. Kat Anderson
  • Bushcraft 101. Dave Canterbury
  • The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild. Dave Canterbury
  • Advanced Bushcraft. Dave Canterbury


  • Voyage from Yesteryear. James P. Hogan
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War. El-Mohtar Amal. Gladstone Max
  • Red Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Walkaway. Cory Doctorow
  • Woman on the Edge of Time. Marge Piercy
  • The Caryatids. Bruce Sterling
  • Freedom™. Daniel Suarez
  • Orion Shall Rise. Poul Anderson


  • How to Invent Everything. Ryan North


  • The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization. Howard Goodall
  • Jazz Guide: 1001 Best Albums. Brian Morton. Richard Cook.


  • Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography. Jeff Rojas
  • Get Published. Lindsay Adler

Health & Wellness

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Melissa Wagner. The Fred Rogers Center
  • Lost Connections. Johann Hari
  • Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To. (2019) David A. Sinclair
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Mason Currey
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Bessel van der Kolk
  • Autoimmune Solution. Amy Myers
  • Grain Brain. David Perlmutter
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Marshall Rosenberg
  • The Ethical Slut. Dossie Easton. Janet Hardy
  • Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists 2nd Edition. Thomas W. Myers
  • Meridian Qigong Exercises: Combining Qigong, Yoga, & Acupressure. Dr. Yang. Jwing-Ming
  • Taoist Foreplay: Love Meridians and Pressure Points. Mantak Chia. Kris Deva North
  • Sole Guidance: Ancient Secrets of Chinese Reflexology to Heal the Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit. Holly Tse
  • Tibetan Sound Healing. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • The Social Skills Guidebook. Chris MacLeod

Reading Lists (Mostly)



Reference Shelf

  • The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier, Patrick Reedy
  • Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Barbara Cassin et al.
  • Design School Wisdom. Brooke Johnson
  • Dictionary of Latin Phrases. Jon R. Stone
  • Engineers Databook. 4th Edition. Clifford Matthews
  • Architect’s Pocket Book. 4th Edition. Charlotte Baden-Powell
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Some Music Artists I Like

Tim Hecker, Field Rotation, Deru, Andy Stott, Tool, Pentangle, John Luc-Ponty, DJ Sasha, Alice in Chains, Slowdive, Arvo Pärt, Wagner, Scarlatti, Paganini, Piazzolla, Tárrega. Too many more to name.


Chill Set 1

  • Murcof x Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth
  • Phil France - Circle
  • Tim Hecker - Castrati Stack
  • Kiasmos - Jarred
  • Daso - Meine
  • James Holden - Nothing (93 Returning Mix)
  • Evigt Mörker - Högre
  • Christian Löffler - Beirut
  • Jan Blomqvist - The Space In Between (Ben Böhmer Extended Remix)
  • Ben Böhmer - Promise You (Original Mix)
  • Christian Löffler - Haul (feat. Mohna)
  • Portico Quartet - A Luminous Beam
  • Victoriya - For You
  • Phelian - Lost
  • Azaleh - Moonlight
  • Röyksopp - Rising Urge (Lost Tapes)
  • Cressida - 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix)
  • AURORA - Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

Chill Set 2

  • Nick Warren - Renaissance - The Masters Series (Part 19)
  • Sasha - Scene Delete [Full Album]
  • Sasha - Involv3r Continuous Mix
  • Harrison BDP - Decompression
  • Kettenkarussell - Maybe
  • Kiasmos - Kiasmos (Full Album)
  • Röyksopp - Rescue (Lost Tapes)

Best Psytrance Mix of All Time

Jazz-Fusion Chill / Chill Hop

  • Naxatras "Waves"
  • Electronic System - Skylab - 1974
  • Rubba - Way star
  • Hiroshi Suzuki-Romance
  • L'indécis - Soulful


  • 2814 - Birth of a New Day (Full Album)



  • Aurosonic & Frainbreeze and Katty Heath - All I Need (Progressive Mix)
  • Saltwater (Original) by Chicane
  • Ferry Corsten - Eternity


  • London Grammar - Hey Now [Arty remix]
  • AuRa / CamelPhat - Panic Room (Club Mix)

Progressive House

  • Lumidelic - Through The Door (Original Mix)
  • Maiga - Vincenzo (Original Mix)
  • Leonety - Evening Embrace (Lumidelic Remix)
  • Alex H - A New Beginning (Original Mix)
  • Mark & Lukas - Eye Of The Storm (Original Mix)
  • Alex H - Where Stars Collide (Original Mix)

Jazz Mix

  • Miles Davis - So What

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