Material from “Red Queen”:
Online resources (appears only in the ebook of “Red Queen”):
A long and interesting paper: “Cellular Automata Theory and Physics: A new Paradigm for the Unification of Physics.”
The Rationalists: Less Wrong. A very smart and diverse group of scientific humanists.
The essay that gave me the name for the Grey Tribe: “I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup.” Scott Alexander writes insightful pieces on science and politics, and the divisive tribalism that is splitting men from women and red states from blue states. Read his blog, SlateStarCodex.
What a somewhat larger terrorist attack on Manhattan with a nuclear bomb might look like: “New York City Scenario.” Chilling.
Prof. Wilson’s Starspark poster episode is based on the real-life Firefly poster episode at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. A good recap of FIRE’s assistance in that case.
FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) has been fighting for campus freedom of speech and thought for many years. If you’re a student and have a problem with an administration that tries to stifle speech or too easily accedes to the demands of Social Justice Warriors to limit debate on important issues, they’re the people to talk to.
“Libertarians vs. Progressives: The New Campus Divide.” Essay on the division between leave-us-be libertarians (classical liberals) and progressive authoritarians on campus.
And it so happens that my fictional Students for Liberty is mirrored in real life. Join while it’s still legal!
Reason.com is the online presence of Reason magazine, the magazine of “free minds and free markets,” presenting news and essays free of the talking points of political parties. They’re not even sure they agree with libertarians! Call them classical liberals….
In the conventional wisdom that you’ve likely been taught, the Great Depression was the result of unfettered capitalism, and Republican President Herbert Hoover was a callous villain who did nothing while the jobless starved. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected in a landslide and got the country moving again with fresh new ideas and economic programs. This narrative was written into history books and popular culture. Too bad it’s not true.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States. Their site is well worth your time. For example: “Mockingjay: Are You Uncomfortable?”
The Cato Institute is a “public policy research organization—a think tank–dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.”
The Robots Are Coming by John Lanchester
Nuclear Weapons: The Unkicked Addiction from The Economist.
Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent by Michael Godsey.
Lure of the Caliphate by Malise Ruthven.
Politics and the English Language by George Orwell (1946).
What’s Next in Government Surveillance by Bruce Schneier.