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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.

  • 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
  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Anthony Sutton
  • Winner-Take-All Politics by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
  • 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
  • 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
  • Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
  • 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
  • Business as a System of Power by Robert Brady
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley
  • 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
  • Progress and Poverty by Henry George
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
  • Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  • The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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