Recommended Reading


Visit the Renegade Institute for Liberty page on Bakersfield College LibGuides for links to information about Western Democratic Traditions and American ideals.

Democratic Traditions

Greek & Roman Thought

Renaissance & Enlightenment

Early Republic

Political Critiques

Modern Classics

Contemporary Works

  • Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1991)
  • Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed (1995)
  • Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (1998)
  • Peterson, Maps of Meaning (1999)
  • Borjas, Heaven's Door (1999)
  • Putnam, Bowling Alone (2000)
  • George, Great Cases in Constitutional Law (2000)
  • Shlaes, The Forgotten Man (2007)
  • Ferrara, Liberty: The God that Failed (2012)
  • Bawer, The Victims' Revolution (2012)
  • Putnam, American Grace (2012)
  • George, Conscience and its Enemies (2013)
  • Sheehan, The Mind of James Madison (2014)
  • D'Souza, America: Imagine a World Without Her (2014)
  • Kibbe, Don't Hurt People (2014)
  • Jones, Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty (2015)
  • Sowell, Wealth, Poverty and Politics (2015)
  • Hanson, The Decline and Fall of California (2015)
  • McClanahan, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America (2016)
  • Borjas, We Wanted Workers (2016)
  • Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018)
  • Sowell, Discrimination and Disparities (2018)
  • May, Jefferson's Treasure: How Albert Gallatin... (2018)
  • Scruton, Conservationism: An Invitation... (2018)

Free Markets

Free Speech

  • Abrams, The Soul of the First Amendment (2017)
  • Chemerinsky, Free Speech on Campus (2018)
  • Cose, The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America (2020)
  • Dershowitz, Cancel Culture: The Latest Attack on Free Speech and Due Process (2020)
  • Downs, Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance (2020)
  • Downs, Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus (2007)
  • Garton Ash, Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World (2017)
  • Gillman, Free Speech on Campus (2017)
  • Lukianoff, Unlearning liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (2014)
  • Lukianoff and Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2018)
  • Mill, On Liberty (1859)
  • Post, Democracy, Expertise, & Academic Freedom: A First amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2013)
  • Power, The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech (2015)
  • Rosenberg, The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define Our First Amendment Freedoms (2021)
  • Shapiro, Bullies: How the left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans (2014)
  • Stone, The Free Speech Century (2018)
  • Strassel, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (2016)
  • Strossen, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (2018)
  • Sunstein, Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception (2021)
  • Whittington, Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech (2018)

Race in America

  • D'Souza, Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party (2018)
  • D'Souza, The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society (1995)
  • Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (2016)
  • Katznelson, When Affirmative Action was White (2006)
  • Lynch, The Diversity Machine (1996)
  • Mac Donald, The Diversity Delusion (2018)
  • McWhorter, The Elect: Neoracists Posing as Antiracists and their Threat to a Progressive America (2020)
  • McWhorter, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America (2007)
  • Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (2012)
  • Murray, The Madness of Crowds (2019)
  • Reilly, Taboo: 10 Facts You Can't Talk About (2020)
  • Riley, Please Stop Helping Us (2016)
  • Sander, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students Its Intended to Help (2012)
  • Steele, Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country (2015)
  • Steele, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights (2007)
  • Sowell, Black Rednecks adn White Liberals (2005)
  • Sowell, Intellectuals and Race (2013)
  • Sowell, Intellectuals and Society (2012)
  • Swain, The New White Nationalism in America (2002)
  • Themstrom, America in Black and White (1997)
  • Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis (2016)
  • Wood, Diversity Rules (2020)

Podcasts, Videos, Lectures

Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative (documentary film screening)
Featuring Larry Elder, Chad Jackson, Brandon Tatum, Candace Owen, and others.
Thursday, March 18, 2021