Good Little Article
One thing worth chewing over in these posts: what we have read that has influenced our thinking. I think the article rightly points out that left-leaning citizens cannot discuss why they feel the way they do.
So, in the interest of furthering discussion, a stew of things I read that made me who I am:
* John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, etc.
* George Orwell, 1984, Animal Farm, Essays, etc.
* Richard Feynman's assorted writings
* J.R.R. Tolkein... perhaps not formative of political ideas per se, but it lurks back there.
and then a bunch of stuff that was either: for fun, reading, but unrelated to constructing a worldview, or related to math and science, good, but also only indirectly linked to ideas about society.
I remember acting revolted to my brief exposure to Ayn Rand's writing, but I can think of nothing comparable that made me respond positively. So, I suppose my big question is: what would you give to a young critical thinker whose education you wanted to influence? What should we be reading? Where, oh where, are our ideas?