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I am spending some time today thinking about the ideas that make America what it is. It got me thinking: What if all of this was gone? If there was an EMP and then a protracted war that killed most of the leaders, thinkers, and philosophers, what paper books would be needed to reseed our society?

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are easy picks but what about the books that discuss them and how they came about? So the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers go in the box. Also, Locke's Second Treatise on Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration plus Adam Smith's On the Wealth of Nations.

F.A. Hayek's Road to Serfdom and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged would serve to keep them on the path, once they found it.
Maybe a copy of Night by Elie Wiesel to remind them of hiw wrong it can go, if they do lose their way.

What else would you put in an "after-TEOTWAWAKI" time-capsule?

Bruce




Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. "All the News That's Fit to Print," it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan. -Christopher Hitchens

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
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“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
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Brave New World by Huxley.
 
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Only put "Atlas Shrugged" in that box if you want to make sure the survivors kill themselves out of boredom.



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The FoxFire series of books on ways of living in the Appalachian mountains before technology and industrialization.
 
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1984

Animal Farm

Starship Troopers

The Holy Bible

a complete set of Encyclopedia

The Art of War

Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel

The Prince by Machiavelli

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Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
 
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Bastiat’s The Law

Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson

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Only put "Atlas Shrugged" in that box if you want to make sure the survivors kill themselves out of boredom.


You may be right. The Fountainhead is a quicker read. Wink

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Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. "All the News That's Fit to Print," it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan. -Christopher Hitchens

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
-PJ O'Rourke
“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

 
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Human Action
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Boy Scout Handbook



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The excellent books One Second After and it's sequel One Year After go into that exact subject.
A library of engineering patents and schematics would be helpful.
 
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A copy of the constitution and the federalist papers.

If you can find an old set of the Encyclopedias

A set of books on woodworking

One of the many books on living without electricity.

A good survival book like Northern Bushcraft.
 
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Medical Encyclopedia.

Almanac

Atlas with Topo

Animal Care-Breeding

Preserving food type books


美しい犬
 
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I am spending some time today thinking about the ideas that make America what it is.


A few MAD Magazines? Big Grin

On a more practical note, Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations”



 
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I am spending some time today thinking about the ideas that make America what it is.


A few MAD Magazines? Big Grin

On a more practical note, Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations”


Well, if playing Fallout has taught me anything, it's that reading comic books will make me more resistant to lasers, at least for an hour.



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Cool, so judging by the majority of responses, we can look forward to sitting around and debating political theory and economic doctrine while dying of starvation, exposure, and dysentery. Big Grin
 
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Couple of nudie mags and survival books.



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The Tommyknockers, Stephen King

The Boy Scout Handbook

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand




Clarior Hinc Honos

Make Boy Scouting Great Again
 
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Dont forget a Bible (preferably with the deuterocanonicals for the Catholics and Orthodox). So much of American ideology is based on the Bible.

....If you dont like it, don't read it. But its got to be in there.
 
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Cool, so judging by the majority of responses, we can look forward to sitting around and debating political theory and economic doctrine while dying of starvation, exposure, and dysentery. Big Grin


Good point. I was focused on rebuilding society, politically and ethically. I was assuming that we had already taken care of the food and shelter part, if we are looking at things like writing a new Constitution.

Bruce




Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. "All the News That's Fit to Print," it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan. -Christopher Hitchens

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
-PJ O'Rourke
“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

 
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