Political Compass: Related Reading

Just City

Olga Tymofiyeva
Just City is a cleverly written page-turner concerning 21-year-old Nathan who dreams about creating a cool start-up with his friend Jack. To finance it, Nathan begins playing a virtual reality game as part of a scientific experiment. The game forces Nathan to discover what it is like to be in the skin of somebody else for whom the cards have been dealt differently. This is the beginning of Nathan’s search for a new life credo … and The Political Compass has a role to play!

How to Think Politically: Sages, Scholars and Statesmen Whose Ideas Have Shaped the World

James Bernard Murphy and Graeme Garrard
The book explores the timeless questions posed and the answers offered by a diverse group of 30 of the greatest political thinkers who ever lived

China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay

Minxin Pei
Beneath China’s façade of ever-expanding prosperity and power lies a Leninist country in an advanced state of decay

The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion

Jonathan Haidt
Haidt deconstructs Conservative and Liberal (in the US sense) positions into projections of six “moral foundations”

Russia’s Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed

Anders Aslund
A study of the Russian paradox of the success of capitalism and the failure of democracy.

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

Giovanni Arrighi
A reexamination of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations with China and East Asia taking the reigns of capitalism from the west.

The Mass Psychology of Fascism

Wilhelm Reich
Repudiates the idea that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality

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