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The following books and resources have influenced Gini's philosophical and technical development in significant and small ways. These nonpartisan scholars, scientists, and thought-leaders have devoted their lives to rigorous empirical research and data-driven analysis. This has enabled them to verify thousands of important data points across many domains, which we take into account every day as we build Gini's technical systems and analyze all the global socioeconomic and geopolitical dynamics that are relevant to cryptocurrencies in today's complex, interconnected world.

As we explained on the Gini School of Economics Introduction, technical architectural design flows from philosophical beliefs. Each human's philosophical beliefs is based on their knowledge and awareness of how the universe works, but each human brain is born as a blank slate and must be filled with knowledge and life experience before it can do anything useful. This is why reading substantive books and opening our minds to a diverse selection of authors, ideas, perspectives and experiences is so important.

Rigid ideologies are like degenerative brain diseases: They retard mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and they trap the mind in a theoretical world that does not actually exist, which prevents many humans from seeing and solving problems in the real world. This is how the human mind becomes a mental prison. The only way to escape this prison is to open our minds to a diverse selection of authors, ideas and perspectives.

A human's ability to make a meaningful impact in this world flows from the accuracy of their knowledge and the depth and breadth of their awareness. Specifically, without a broad base of technical, socioeconomic, and geopolitical knowledge; significant knowledge of economic history; and significant knowledge of precisely how and why corporate and government corruption impacts economic and geopolitical systems in the real world, it's impossible for any technical team to build a well-designed cryptocurrency.

This is not an exhaustive book list. The list includes several classic Economics books that are not saturated with unrealistic economic theories, parochial assumptions, and rabid ideology. However, this list is primarily intended to help people learn how the perpetual and inevitable collusion between gigantic and self-serving corporations, governments, and banks makes a mockery of both Hayek and Keynes, which is why no cryptocurrency based purely on Keynesian or Austrian School theories will ever succeed in the real world. That's why Gini has developed our own unique economic philosophy, which is much more practical, relevant, responsive, adaptive, and empowering for humanity in the real world of the 21st Century. The Gini economic philosophy is based on data-driven, humanitarian principles, real-world outcomes, and many insights from nonpartisan and non-ideological economists like Adam Smith, Henry George, John Locke, and many others in this list.

No single human or organization could possibly compile all this data alone; so, we deeply appreciate all these authors and we encourage you to read all their books and articles.

  • Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions... by Henry George (No economics education is complete without reading this book. Henry George was the best-selling author of all time until the 20th Century. His book sold more copies than any other book except the Bible, yet very few people know about him today. Why? Because the the field of economics was hijacked at the turn of the 20th Century by a confluence of powerful corporate and government interests that favor neoclassical and neoliberal theories, models and dogma over real-world economic logic.)
  • The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi (No economics education is complete without reading this book. For an economic history book, it's a page-turning thriller. Polanyi is one of the most thoughtful and rigorous political economists of all time. He provides a systematic, non-Marxian refutation of the neoliberal and puritanical libertarian dogma that has infected and afflicted our global economy since the 1980s.)
  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Anthony Sutton (This might seem like a provocative title, but this is actually one of the most well-documented books ever written regarding how many famous American and German banks and corporations financed Hitler's political career. It illustrates what happens when giant corporations are allowed to grow beyond sustainable levels. It also reveals how giant corporations and politicians inevitably collude with each other to monopolize markets and dominate societies.)
  • Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley (Another incredibly important book of economic history. Anybody who has not read this book does not know economic history.)
  • The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly (This book provides a detailed analysis of how neoliberal economic policies have catastrophically failed to deliver on any of the claims made by neoliberal economists since the 1970s. It also debunks many myths regarding why countries like China, Singapore, South Korea and virtually all fast-growing developing economies grow so quickly. Hint: It's not because of enlightened leadership or technical "experts". The author does an excellent job revealing the geographical and systemic dynamics that inevitably lead to rapid developmental growth when particular forms of political and economic freedom are unleashed within any country.) 
  • Business as a System of Power by Robert Brady (Another very important book if you want to understand the precise mechanisms and detailed historical evidence of how corporations have frequently hijacked the political systems of our planet from the Industrial Age to the present.) 
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (The formal field of economics starts with Adam Smith; so, everybody should be familiar with his work. However, the world of economics is much broader than Adam Smith, which is why it's important to read a broad selection of economics and political economy books to develop a more accurate understanding of economics in the real world. If you don't have time to read this entire book, you can read the article, Meet the Real Adam Smith.)
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith (Nobody truly understands Adam Smith unless they've read this book. His philosophy and awareness of deep social issues and the importance of socioeconomic sustainability goes way beyond the shallow talking points that are often associated with his famous "invisible hand".) 
  • Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  • The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay
  • Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
  • Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends by Peter Schweizer. (The ways that U.S. politicians enrich themselves at the expense of the American people would be impressive if it wasn't so disgusting. Schweizer is a veteran investigative journalist who courageously brings us the empirical data and the secret dirt on all the manipulative and deceptive games that our so-called political leaders play every day at taxpayers' expense.)
  • Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean (Note: The author examines a particularly toxic political phenomenon in American politics today, which can come across as relatively partisan if you're not already familiar with the data on American voting, legislative and economic trends. However, this is an extremely important book because it systematically reveals why the U.S. political system has become so dysfunctional since the 1980s. This dysfunction is having devastating consequences on the American middle class and the long-term socioeconomic stability of the United States.)
  • Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets by Peter Schweizer
  • Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
  • All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
  • Plutocrats by Peter Schweizer
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
  • Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics by Ari Rabin-Havt (Read this book if you want to understand the true extent of the corruption and abject immorality that has destroyed the integrity of the U.S. political system over the past few decades. There is no long-term hope for fixing the U.S. political system without passing multiple constitutional amendments, which will never be passed without serious, (likely) violent mass protests throughout the country. This reality has many disturbing political and economic implications, which is why we launched the Gini Foundation.)
  • Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
  • Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silvergate and Alan Dershowitz
  • Undemocratic: How Unelected, Unaccountable Bureaucrats Are Stealing Your Liberty and Freedom by Jay Sekulow
  • Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist by Jack Abramoff
  • The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Mike Lofgren
  • The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren
  • Republic, Lost by Laurence Lessig
  • Dark Money by Jane Mayer
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas (Note: The author examines how the world has been flooded with an endless supply of "do-gooders" who claim to want to change the world to help humanity, but their ideas of a "new world" do nothing to solve the fundamental problems that have created the status quo they claim to want to change. The Gini Foundation has observed a very similar phenomenon: Today, there's an entire industry of self-aggrandizing philanthropists, TED talkers and think-tank academics who make vague and grandiose statements [e.g., we must work together to do something or bad things will happen], but they have no courage to confront the corporatacracy and political corruption at the heart of most problems on Earth today; nor do they have any meaningful solutions to the systemic economic and political corruption that is destroying humanity's economic and political freedom today.)
  • The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot
  • Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb
  • Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives by Edwin Black
  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Steven Kinzer
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal (If you are not sure about exactly why the American healthcare system is so catastrophically broken, read this book. If you still think the so-called "free market" is all that's necessary to fix the American healthcare system, read this book to liberate yourself from this delusion. If you work in the healthcare sector and are happy with the status quo because you don't realize how destructive to the U.S. economy and American society the broken healthcare system truly is, read this book. If you are one of the predators in the healthcare sector that is consciously raping and exploiting the U.S. economy and the American people, you are a disgusting creature and should be in prison.)
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre
  • Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health by Denise Minger
  • The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It by Marcia Angell
  • A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption by John Perkins
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll
  • Corporate Power and Expansive U.S. Military Policy by Mason Gaffney
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 by Thomas Ricks
  • 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity by Charles Lewis
  • Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
  • The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Econom by Dani Rodrik (This is one of the best books on the real-world affects of the global trade regime that most people have called "globalization" over the past 40 years. As we have covered in many of our Gini articles and books, the real-world outcomes of globalization are radically different from the overwhelmingly positive picture that politicians and neoliberal economists have presented over the past few decades. Rodrik's book corroborates all of our own data and research findings, which gives us even more reasons to believe that the platform we are building at the Gini Foundation is on the right track.)
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral . . . in America's Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich
  • The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote by Sharyl Attkisson
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by James Lurie and Ron Suskind
  • So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government by Robert Kaiser
  • Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by Robert McChesney
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum
  • Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by Edward Griffin
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System by Jim Rickards
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
  • The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David Stockman
  • Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding (Note: The Gini Foundation is nonpartisan. So, from our perspective, it doesn't matter if their name is Trump, Bush, Clinton, Obama, Reagan . . . they're all compromised by the corruption in the banking system and the broken incentives in Washington. This book provides extensive evidence of all those problems, which are much more important than the corruption of any particular politician.)
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph Stiglitz
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  • How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence by Eric Lipton and Brooke Williams[1]
  • Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America by Charles Ferguson
  • The Hidden Costs of Tax Compliance2] by the Mercatus Center
  • The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom by James Burnham
  • Through Our Enemies' Eyes by Michael Scheuer and Bruce Hoffman
  • War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier by General Smedley Butler
  • Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution: The Remarkable True Story of the American Capitalists Who Financed the Russian Communists by Anthony Sutton
  • The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith (This is an excellent and relatively brief overview of what REALLY caused the Great Depression. Readers will instantly recognize the same toxic conditions in 1929 that exist today.)
  • Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938 by John Brooks (Another excellent book that sheds light on what caused the Great Depression, with disturbing parallels to our economy today.)
  • Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blythe (Blythe systematically dismantles all the toxic propaganda that enabled the giant banks and bank-owned politicians in the U.S. and Europe to lie and manipulate their populations into believing that their governments were responsible for their debt crises. In reality, the banks created the debt and then shifted the debt to their governments in all cases except for Greece. The way they did this is truly diabolical. You have to read this book to appreciate how fraudulent and technically sophisticated this massive global scam is and why the Gini Foundation is building an alternative economic ecosystem for humans who want to escape this disgusting, debt-saturated fiat trap.)
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
  • Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer[3]
  • The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind
  • Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Chris Hayes
  • The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David Sanger
  • The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  • Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings[4] by Michael Snyder
  • Why does financial sector growth crowd out real economic growth? By the Bank for International Settlements[5]
  • Shadow Stats: Public Commentary On Unemployment Measurement by John Williams[6]

Notes:

[1] Lipton, E., & Williams, B. (2016, August 7). How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence. The New York Times.

[2] The Hidden Costs of Tax Compliance. (2013, May 20).

[3] Summary: One of the biggest scandals in American politics is waiting to explode: the full story of the inside game in Washington shows how the permanent political class enriches itself at the expense of the rest of us. Insider trading is illegal on Wall Street, yet it is routine among members of Congress. Normal individuals cannot get in on IPOs at the asking price, but politicians do so routinely. The Obama administration has been able to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to its supporters, ensuring yet more campaign donations.  An entire class of investors now makes all of its profits based on influence and access in Washington. Peter Schweizer has doggedly researched through mountains of financial records, tracking complicated deals and stock trades back to the timing of briefings, votes on bills, and every other point of leverage for politicians in Washington. The result is a manifesto for revolution: the Permanent Political Class must go.

[4] Snyder, M. (2013, January 29). Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings.

[5] Bank of International Settlements. (2015). Why does financial sector growth crowd out real economic growth?

[6] John Williams. (2016, June 8). Shadow Stats: Public Commentary On Unemployment Measurement.


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