Blaze Books sat down with National Review’s roving correspondent, New Criterion theater critic, outspoken libertarian and author of titles including the recently released What Doomed DetroitThe End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, Kevin Williamson, in order to get his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers’ hearts. Below is the first set in a multi-part series, in which Williamson gives us the three books he would recommend to leftists, followed by some pithy commentary on his selections. As Williamson’s selections reflect, progressives should familiarize themselves with their own ideological heritage:

1. Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development by Francis Galton

3 books for progressive friends and family members for the holidays

2. The School and Society by John Dewey

3 books for progressive friends and family members for the holidays

3. An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Robert Malthus

3 books for progressive friends and family members for the holidays

4. BONUS: The Doctrine of Fascism by Giovanni Gentile (but credited to Benito Mussolino)

3 books for progressive friends and family members for the holidays

Williamson tells us:

“If I were recommending books to leftists, I’d recommend that they read their own progressive intellectual forebears first: Francis Galton on eugenics in Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development, John Dewey on The School and Social Progress, and the Rev. Robert Malthus’s An Essay on the Principle of Population. And given that modern progressivism’s current agenda is a combination of economic nationalism, collaborative public-sector/private-sector management of key economic sectors such as energy and health care, the creation of an elite technocratic class, and the restriction of democratic accountability in the name of greater governing efficacy, they should know that this has been tried before and was spelled out in some detail in a book called La dottrina del fascismo, written by Giovanni Gentile but attributed to Benito Mussolini.”

Via National Review*: Kevin D. Williamson is National Review’s roving correspondent. His Exchequer blog covers debt, deficits, and the intersection of finance and politics. He is the author of The End Is Near and It’s Going To Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, The Dependency Agenda, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, and contributed chapters to The New Leviathan: The State Vs. the Individual in the 21st Century and Future Tense: Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval. When he is not sounding the alarm about Fiscal Armageddon, he is the theater critic at The New Criterion.

Williamson began his journalism career at the Bombay-based Indian Express Newspaper Group and spent 15 years in the newspaper business in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. He served as editor-in-chief of three newspapers and was the founding editor of Philadelphia’s Bulletin. He is a regulator commentator on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Commentary, Academic Questions, and other publications. He is a native of Lubbock, Texas, and lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @KevinNR.

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