Reading List

A thorough guide to all the informative, insightful, and inspiring works that ignited our interest in realizing a RadicalxChange vision for the future. 

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Entrepreneurship and Technology

Vitalik Buterin, “On Radical Markets

Vitalik Buterin and E. Glen Weyl, “Liberation Through Radical Decentralization

Eric Ries, The Lean Startup, Introduction; MIT Technology Review, “Why Startups are Struggling” (June 15, 2016)

Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology

David Quarfoot et al., “Quadratic Voting in the Wild

C.K. Prahalad and Stuart L. Hart, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” 

Arvind Narayanan et al., Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction, Preface (Chapter 1 is a nice introduction for those more technically-oriented)

S.A. Hissam et al., “Trust and vulnerability in open source software

Arts and the Environment

Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Buy and play “The Landlord’s Game” or “COST Monopoly

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists, Chapters 3, 5 and 10

Jennifer Lyn Morone, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Inc, "Data Workers of the World, Unite"

Simon de la Rouviere, "This Artwork Is Always On Sale"

Woody Guthrie, "This Land Is Your Land" (the original 1940 lyrics); "The Land Song"; "The Internationale"

Leo Tolstoy, What Is Art?

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Gareth Stedman Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, Prologue, Chapter 12 and Epilogue; Robert Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes: 1883-1946, Chapter 28 and Epilogue; Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged; and Jennifer Burns, Goddess of the Market, Introduction, Chapter 9 and Epilogue

Activism and Government

David Dayen, "The Radicalization of Fiona Scott Morton" (May 23, 2019); Matthew Yglesias, “Democrats push for a new era of antitrust enforcement, explained” (July 31, 2017)

Sarah Lyall, “Who Strikes Fear Into Silicon Valley? Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s Antitrust Enforcer” (May 5, 2018); Paul Kirby, “Margrethe Vestager– Denmark’s EU ‘tax lady’ taking on corporate giants” (July 18, 2018); also watch or read about the TV series “Borgen

Arthur Sweetman, “Canada’s Immigration System: Lessons for Europe?”; The Economist, “No Country for Old Men” (January 8, 2015) and the NY Times, “Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy” (June 28, 2017)

Jonathan Burston et al., “Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens”; Meredith Whittaker, "Onward! Another #GoogleWalkout Goodbye"; Reuters, “Facebook users unite! 'Data Labour Union' launches in Netherlands

Nathan Schneider and Sandeep Vaheesan, "There's Mote Than One Way to Fight a Monopoly" (Aug 11, 2019)

Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, The Commanding Heights, Introduction and Chapter 4

Cheryl Schonhard-Bailey, From Corn Laws to Free Trade, Introduction and Conclusion

Bentley Brinkerhoff Gilbert, “David Lloyd George: Land, the Budget, and Social Reform

Marie-Claire Bergère, Sun Yat-Sen, Introduction and Chapters 10-11

Angus Burgin, The Great Persuasion, especially Introduction and Conclusion


Georg Simmel, Soziologie; James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State

Nicole Immorlica et al., "Verifying Identity as a Social Intersection"; Zoë Hitzig and E. Glen Weyl, “A Crossroads, not an Island: A Response to Hanoch Dagan

Lucas Geiger et al., "Motivating The Case For Decentralized Social Identity: Part One; Part Two; Part Three

The Economist, “Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business” (Dec 18, 2018)

Preface of Radical Markets

William S. Vickrey, “Counterspeculation, Auctions and Competitive Sealed Tenders

Nancy Fraser, “From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump – and Beyond

Brodwyn Fischer, Cities from Scratch, Chapter 1 (A Century in the Present Tense)

Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom, Introduction

Abba Lerner, Economics of Control, Introduction: The Controlled Economy

Anthony Giddens, The Third Way, Chapter 1 (Socialism and After)

Ronald Dworkin, “What is Equality? Equality of Resources

Introduction of Radical Markets

Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality, Introduction and Chapter 5 (What’s Next?)

Robert Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Introduction

Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, “Exclusionary vs. Inclusionary Populism

Jan Eeckhoutand Jan de Loecker, The Rise of Market Power and Macroeconomic Implications

Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies, Introduction

Michael Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy, Introduction

G.A. Cohen, Why Not Socialism?

The Economist, “The Economist at 175” (September 13, 2018)

Property is Monopoly

Henry George, Progress and Poverty, Introduction and Chapters 11, 19, 23, 25-26, 31

Léon Walras, “On Property

Matthew Prewitt, “Reimagining the Concept of Property” and Tony Sheng, “Do Not Design for Speculators

Arun Sundararajan, The Sharing Economy, Introduction

Paul Milgrom et al., “Redesigning Spectrum Licenses

Richard Arnott, “Does the Henry George Theorem Provide a Practical Guide to Optimal City Size?

Tibor Liska, Liskaland

Mary Pillon, The Monopolists, Chapter 1

Radical Democracy

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, Book 8; Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume 2, Part 4, Chapter 7a; and Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Albert O. Hirschman, Shifting Involvements, Chapters 7-8

Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich, Chapter 4

Vitalik Buterin et al., Liberal Radicalism: A Flexible Design for Philanthropic Matching Funds”; Vitalik Buterin, "Pairwise Coordination Subsidies"

Devon Zuegel, "For the Greater Good: The Game Theory of Zoning" and "Independence for whom?"; Vitalik Buterin, "On Collusion"

Chantal Mouffe, Agonistics; Danielle Allen, "Towards a Connected Society"

Astra Taylor, What is Democracy?

Alisha Holland, “Square Miles

Sherman Lee, “Quadratic Voting: A New Way to Govern Blockchains for Enterprises” and Rachel Rose O’Leary, “Experimental Voting Effort Aims to Break Ethereum Governance Gridlock

Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl, “Quadratic Voting and the Public Good: Introduction

Uniting the Workers of the World

William J. Bernstein, A Splendid Exchange, Introduction

Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality, Chapters 3 (Inequality Among Countries) and 5 (What’s Next?)

Michael Clemens, Walls of Nations, Introduction

Reihan Salam, Good Fences, Introduction

Dani Rodrik, Straight Talk on Trade, Preface and Chapter 1

Jens Hainmueller and Daniel J. Hopkins, “Public Attitudes Towards Immigration

Adam Ozimek et al., "Could a Heartland Visa Help Struggling Regions?"

Dismembering the Octopus

José Azar et al., “Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership” 

Ronald J. Gilson and Jeffrey N. Gordon, “The Agency Cost of Agency Capitalism

Eric Posner et al., “A Proposal for Limiting the Anticompetitive Power of Institutional Investors

Suresh Naidu et al., “Antitrust Remedies for Labor Market Power

Fiona Scott Morton and Herbert Hovenkamp, "Horizontal Shareholding and Antitrust Policy"

David Baqaee and Emmanuel Farhi, Productivity and Misallocation in General Equilibrium

White House Council of Economic Advisors, “Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power

Janith Arzane, “DG Comp Looking into Institutional Investors, says Vestager” (February 19, 2018)

Wall Street Journal, "Bogle Sounds a Warning on Index Funds" (November 29, 2018), The Economist, “Taming the Tech Titans” (January 18, 2018) and “Into the Danger Zone” (June 2, 2018), Financial Times, "Common ownership of shares faces regulatory scrutiny" (January 22, 2019)

Data as Labor

Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?, Introduction to the paperback edition

M Eifler and Vi Hart, "Data Dignity at RadicalxChange"; Vi Hart, "Changing my Mind about AI, Universal Basic Income, and the Value of Data"; M Eifler, "Certified Sustainable: USDA Organic, LEED Platinum, and the future of ethical AI" and "Trained Trust: A two-way, refereed feedback mechanism for on-demand work"

Mary Gray and Sid Suri, Ghost Work, Introduction; Astra Taylor, "The Automation Charade"; and Adrian Chen, The Moderators

Mark Aguiar et al., “Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men

The Economist, “The World’s Most Valuable Resource” (May 6, 2017), “How to Tame The Tech Titans” (January 18, 2018), and “What if People Were Paid for their Data?” (July 7, 2018); Wired, "AI Needs Your Data — and You Should Get Paid for It" (August 8, 2019)

European Commission, “General Data Protection Regulations

Julie Cohen, “The Biopolitical Public Domain

Michael Haupt, “Introducing Personal Data Exchanges and the Personal Data Economy

Conclusion of Radical Markets

Hulu, “Handmaid’s Tale”, Season 1

Bryan Singer, “X2

Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl, “Democracy Squared

Marion Fourcade and Kieran Healy, “Moral Views of Market Societies

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age, Chapters 1 and 15

Albert O. Hirschman, “Rival Views of Market Society

John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society, Introduction to the Fortieth Anniversary Edition and Chapters 1 and 17-18

Epilogue of Radical Markets

Cosma Shalizi, “In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You

Fredrich Hayek, “The Use of Knowledge in Society

Ludwig Von Mises, “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth

Oskar Lange, “The Computer and the Market

Francis Spufford, Red Plenty

Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Prologue and Introduction

Leonard Read, “I, Pencil