Vacation Reading

Writes Greg Privette:

Hi Lew,

As you may recall, every year I take a week off and spend that time riding around the country on my motorcycle. As always I would recommend to any of the LRC readers to drive or better still ride when traveling. It has many advantages over flying. One of course it no dealing with TSA or other airport/airline fascism. But the main benefit is getting to see and appreciate how beautiful and diverse this country really is. I also recommend getting off the interstates as much as possible. In most areas you can get on US or state highways that have little traffic, better scenery, and are much less stressful. It seems these days you can’t go more than 20 miles on any interstate without running into delays from endless construction or idiots running into each other and blocking the road.

The main reason I wrote though is one other aspect of my annual vacation ride is I download and print one or more books from to take with me. By having them in printed form it makes it easy to read while eating breakfast and dinner. I also read in the motel rooms in the evening. I spent the entire week without turning on the TV!

This year I read four books or essays since they were relatively short. One was “Decline of the American Republic” by John T. Flynn. I read this in part because I had read “As We Go Marching” a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. “Decline” proved just as enjoyable. I always find it fascinating how some of these people were able to see what was already beginning to happen long before things became obvious. My most memorable example of this was probably reading Lysander Spooner’s essay on how the government had bastardized the jury system and realizing he wrote it in 1866! Flynn is also someone who like Mises and Rothbard suffered professionally simply due to his insistence on stating the truth. I also read “The State” by Randolph Bourne and “The Law” by Bastiat. The last one was “Fascism Versus Capitalism” by someone who I believe you are quite familiar with.

I just wanted to write and say thanks to you and everyone at the Mises Institute who make these resources available to us. Over the years I have read articles and books by many authors and great thinkers whom I would likely have never been exposed to if not for your dedication to providing easy and free access to these ideas. It is also comforting to know that while I realize my life philosophies are not exactly mainstream, there are many other like-minded people out there.