Michael DeBow's LINKS PAGE

My primary academic interests are in the area of law and economics -- specifically the use of Austrian economics and public choice to understand law, politics, and government.

My goal in maintaining this page is to make online materials (chiefly in the classical liberal tradition) easily accessible for my students (past, present and future) and for other interested persons. 

I have recently tuned-up and redesigned this page, with the goal of making it more timely and easier to use -- and thus more inviting to readers. 
The new material begins with Part I, a blogroll.  If a blogger makes his or her homepage clearly available on the blog, he/she does not appear in Part II -- which lists individuals' websites that are content-heavy in the areas indicated.  
Part III is devoted to scholars whose work has significantly influenced my own thinking and who have died during my professional career.  (Judge Bork is the only person listed here I had the good fortune to have as a classroom teacher.)
Part IV offers a set of podcast and video sites in aid of those of you seeking to self-educate.  
Part V links online law journals, Part VI, more journals and magazines, and Part VII collects basic reference sites .
Part VIII is labeled the "Stacks Area" and contains most of the earlier version of this page.  It is largely devoted to online books and articles in law, economics, politics and government.  Part VIII contains its own sub-index.  There is still some duplication between the Stacks Area and Parts I-VII.

Over the years this page has sprouted a number of branch lists.  I link to most of them in due course, below.  A couple seem worth mentioning at the outset:
      The links page for my classes is here.
      My list of Literary Websites is here;
      My list of other Diversions is here.

A brief self-promotion moment: 
Roger Clegg, John McGinnis, and I are co-editors of the Federalist Society's
     "Conservative and Libertarian Legal Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography" (2d ed. 2009).
     Roger and I wrote "The Conservative and Libertarian Pre-Law Reading List"

On August 1, 2014, I became the (part-time) Associate Director of the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, or "CCAP."  
    The brainchild of economist Richard Vedder, CCAP studies the rapidly changing world of higher education and publishes the results of its research,
    and is also responsible for Forbes Magazine's annual college rankings issue.  I am posting on a fairly regular basis on its blog.  Check it out!
   
Finally, I'm developing a set of webpages for my summer class on "Legal Process," open to incoming first-year students and students in Cumberland's MCL program.   
    The Core of American Law on a Single Page
    American Constitutional History in 34 Quotations    
    British/American Legal Timeline
    A Hedgehog's Legal Glossary
    Further Reading
Comments on these pages would be especially appreciated.  

Contact info:   205 726-2434
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 35229
My web page at the law school includes my bio, awful photo, and email address.  Please send along comments, suggestions, warnings about broken links, etc.

Now, on with the show ---


I.  BLOG ROLL

>>  Today's news/commentary
Real Clear Markets, Politics, World, etc.
Instapundit
Investors Business Daily editorials 
Wall Street Journal editorial page including James Taranto's daily Best of the Web column
The Economist blogs   
Liberty Law Blog

>>  Economists
Aplia Econ Blog -- "news for econ students"   
Becker-Posner Blog
Jagdish Bhagwati 
Cafe Hayek 
Paul Cleveland  
Coordination Problem  -- Peter Boettke, Dan Klein, Eric Angner
Division of Labour  -- including me, once in a very long while
Free Exchange -- The Economist
The Freeman -- FEE
David D. Friedman
Econlog -- Library of Economics & Liberty
Tim Harford
Knowledge Problem 
Laissez Faire Club -- successor to Laissez Faire Books
Steven Landsburg 
Liberal Order  
John Lott
Greg Mankiw
Marginal Revolution
Megan McArdle -- Bloomberg, formerly blogged at Asymmetric Information and Jane Galt
Monty Pelerin's World 
Newmark's Door  
Organizations & Markets   
Overcoming Bias 
Political Entrepreneurs -- Wayne Leighton & Edward Lopez
John B. Taylor  
Truth on the Market  
Vox  
The American Economic Association's list of economics blogs.  

>>  Lawyers 
Althouse  
Bench Memos -- Ed Whelen for National Review Online
Blawg 100 -- the top 100 legal blogs according to the ABA Journal
The Buck Stops Here 
David Davenport  
Empirical Legal Studies 
The Faculty Lounge 
Fed Soc Blog -- Federalist Society
How Appealing 
Hugh Hewitt  
Legal History Blog
Legal Insurrection 
Legal Theory Blog -- includes the very useful Legal Theory Lexicon
Liberty Law Blog -- Library of Law & Liberty
The Originalism Blog  
Overlawyered -- Cato Institute
Point of Law -- Manhattan Institute
Professor Bainbridge
The Right Coast
David Skeel  
Truth on the Market
Volokh Conspiracy
Wall Street Journal Law Blog 

>>  Philosophers political & otherwise, historians, humorists & others
Arma Virumque
Arts & Letters Daily 
Peter Berger  
Bleeding Heart Libertarians  
Samuel Brittan  
Chicago Boyz
Commentary Magazine  
Democracy Project 
David Drezner 
Niall Ferguson
Burt Folsom  
Francis Fukuyama -- his homepage
Daniel Hannan  
Victor Davis Hanson 
Quin Hillyer  
Hit and Run -- Reason
The Imaginative Conservative  
Peter Lawler 
Tibor Machan  
Walter Russell Mead
Michael Novak
James Otteson 
Oxford Martin School blog  
PJ Media 
Pileus
Virginia Postrell/    
PowerLine Blog 
Ricochet 
Matt Ridley -- very short 2014 interview -- his Rational Optimist
Larry Sabato 
The Spectacle  -- The American Spectator
Spengler US and Asia Times 
Ben Stein (his homepage)
Mark Steyn 
David Warren  

>>  Think tank blogs -- Homepages -- Journals & magazines 
Power Blog -- Acton Institute 
Pin Factory Blog -- Adam Smith Institute (UK)
Values & Capitalism -- AEI -- The American
Voices for Reason -- Ayn Rand Institute    
Cato at Liberty -- Cato Institute --Cato Unbound     
Open Market -- CEI
Somewhat Reasonable -- Heartland Institute 
The Foundry -- Heritage Foundation
The Insider -- Heritage Foundation
The Beacon -- Independent Institute -- Independent Review  
The Locker Room -- John Locke Foundation
The Circle Bastiat -- Mises Institute
Percolator -- PERC
  

II. CONTENT-RICH WEBPAGES OF OTHER SMART (BUT NON-BLOGGING) PEOPLE 

>>  Economists
John Baden  environmental policy
Bruce Benson  law & economics
Bruce Caldwell  history of economic thought
Art Carden  applied micro
Gregory Clark  economic history
Roger Congleton  public choice
Robert Cooter  law & economics
Dick Easterlin  happiness
William Easterly  development economics 
James Gwartney  public choice
Randall Holcombe  public choice
Dan Klein  history of economic thought
Timur Kuran  Islam and economics
Dwight Lee  public choice 
Peter Leeson 
Deidre McCloskey  economic history
Mathew McCubbins  public choice
Richard McKenzie  public choice
Joel Mokyr  economic history
Thomas Sowell  Hoover Institution
Virgil Storr  Mercatus 
Gordon Tullock  public choice
Kip Viscusi  law & economics
Walter Wiliams  public choice
Bruce Yandle  public choice

>>  Lawyers
Peter Berkowitz 
Frank Buckley 
Richard Epstein 
Michael Greve   
Michael Krauss 

>>  Philosophers political & otherwise, historians, humorists & others
Anne Applebaum 
Michael Barone
Alain de Botton  
J. Budziszewski  natural law  
Niall Ferguson  economic history 
David Gelernter 
Max Hastings  20th century
Anthony de Jasay  modern liberalism
Paul Johnson  history of western civilization
Peter Kreeft 
Bjorn Lomborg  Copenhagen Consensus  
Alan Macfarlane  anthropologist
Ian Morris  historian
Charles Murray 
P.J. O'Rourke  humorist
Paul Rahe  historian
Robert Samuelson
James Schall     
Rodney Stark  sociologist/historian
James Stoner  American founding
Charles Taylor  secular society
Ben Wattenberg -- transcripts of his Think Tank programs, 1994-2008
George Will  
Tom Wolfe 
N.T. Wright -- his St Andrews homepage
Robert Wright -- his Non-zero


III
R.I.P.

Armen Alchian, 1914-2013 -- David Henderson -- Jerry O'Driscoll -- Don Boudreaux podcast --
Harold Berman, 1918-2007 -- Emory tribute -- 
Peter Bauer, 1915-2002 -- A tribute --
Gary Becker, 1930-2014 --  Nobel Prize 1992 -- The Becker-Posner Blog (2004-2014) --  interview 2002 --
Robert Bork, 1927-2012 --  Federalist Society tribute (video) -- another Fed Soc podcast -- Hudson Institute memorial  -- Hadley Arkes tribute -- book 2005 -- essay 2000 -- C-SPAN 1996 -- Bork and PJ O'Rourke reminisce about the Sixties 1997 
William F. Buckley, 1925-2008 -- Complete writings archive  -- Firing Line archive --
James M. Buchanan, 1919-2013 -- George Mason memorial -- The Buchanan Project -- Nobel Prize 1986 -- Collected Works   
Ronald Coase, 1910-2013 -- U of Chicago homepage -- U of C obituary -- Peter Boettke -- Peter Klein -- Richard Epstein -- Walter Olson -- Steven Hayward -- Matt Ridley -- The Economist -- Nobel Prize 1991   
Milton Friedman, 1912-2006 -- Foundation -- Becker-Friedman Institute @ U of Chicago -- Centennial -- Cato tribute -- the legacy of Free to Choose 2003 -- Nobel Prize 1976 --
Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 -- webpage
Friedrich Hayek, 1899-1992 -- Taking Hayek Seriously -- Nobel Prize 1974 --
Kenneth Minogue, 1930-2013 -- Roger Scruton --
Michael Oakeshott, 1901-1990 -- Association --
Mancur Olson, 1932-1998 -- The Economist obituary -- Was Mancur Olson Wrong? 2013 --
Elinor Ostrom, 1933-2012 -- IU Ostrom Workshop -- IU tribute page -- Nobel Prize 2009 --
Walker Percy, 1916-1990 -- my page of Percy links --
Julian Simon, 1932-1998 -- an appreciation -- Don Boudreaux -- Steve Moore -- Julian Simon Memorial Award  --
George Stigler, 1911-1991-- Stigler Center @ U of Chicago -- Milton Friedman -- Nobel Prize 1982  -- interview 1984
Gordon Tullock, 1922-2014 -- Henderson & McKenzie -- Henderson -- McKenzie -- Eamonn Butler --
Eric Voegelin, 1901-1985 -- Institute-- Voegelin View --


IV.  
ONLINE COURSES, PODCASTS, VIDEOS & EVENTS ARCHIVES

Coursera  over 200 courses from top universities, free -- this could be the face of the future of higher education
edX  free courses from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and Texas 
    MIT Open Course Ware home page -- MIT's "bold initiative to make nearly all of its course materials available free on the World Wide Web."
    Other Open Course Ware websites   
Stanford on iTunes "targeted primarily at alumni . . . includes Stanford faculty lectures, learning materials, music, sports, and more"
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Open Yale Courses "online video lectures and course materials"        

The American Mind -- Claremont Institute, Charles Kesler  
Big Questions Online -- Templeton Foundation
Big Think -- "a global forum connecting people and ideas" 
Cato Home Study Course -- 12 modules; free
Cato Daily Podcast  
Common Sense Economics MOOCs (esp for high school students)
The Do It Yourself Scholar blog 
Economic Freedom -- Koch Foundation
Economics Amplified -- Becker Friedman Institute, U of Chicago
EconTalk -- Library of Economics & Liberty
Edge --"of the world's knowlege," that is 
Events archives @ AEI, Cato, Heritage,  
Federalist Society multimedia archive
FEE Online Education 
Free to Choose Network  
Freedom.OU.edu -- "A hub for free, online civic education" at the U. of Oklahoma
The Great Courses -- CDs, DVDs, downloads
Hillsdale College Online Courses -- free, non-credit
iTunesU  
Ideas in Action TV with Jim Glassman
Intercollegiate Studies Institute lectures and student materials on the American Founding and more  
Khan Academy -- over 2600 short instructional videos (mostly) on math and science topics; founder Sal Khan counts Bill Gates among his many fans
Learn Liberty -- IHS  -- includes Liberty Guide  
Libertarianism -- Cato Institute
Liberty Classroom (history & economics; Tom Woods)  
Mars Hill Audio  
Mises Academy -- Mises Institute
MRUniversity -- from the Marginal Revolution folks
Open Culture -- "The best free and educational media on the web."
Philosophy Bites  
Prager University   
Milt Rosenberg -- podcasts from a radio legend (also on iTunes)
Saylor Academy (tuition-free college courses)
Students for Liberty  
TED -- "ideas worth spreading"   
Uncommon Knowledge -- Hoover Institution, Peter Robinson
Wall Street Journal Radio Network -- Podcasts -- WSJ Live (video) 


V.  LAW JOURNALS

The ABA's Free Full-Text Online Law Review Search
Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups
Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
The Green Bag   a whimscial law review, believe it or not
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 
Jotwell -- Journal of Things We Like a Lot @ U. Miami law school
Journal of Law
Journal of Law, Economics & Policy @ George Mason U. School of Law
Journal of Legal Analysis  from the Olin Center @ Harvard Law School
Law Review Commons -- over 75,000 articles . . . dating from 1904
The Legal Workshop covers 9 top journals 
NYU Journal of Law & Liberty
Texas Review of Law & Policy


VI.  MORE JOURNALS & MAGAZINES  -- AND THEIR SPONSORING INSTITUTIONS

The City 
City Journal -- Manhattan Institute
Claremont Review of Books -- Claremont Institute
Econ Journal Watch 
Encounter (1953-1990)
The Freeman  -- FEE
Hoover Digest  -- Hoover Institution  
Intercollegiate Review -- ISI  
National Journal  
New Criterion 
Poliitics, Philosophy & Economics  
The Public Interest (1965-2005)
Reason


VII.  QUICK REFERENCE DESK

>>  Economics
Library of the Foundation for Economic Education  
Concise Encyclopedia of Economics-- Library of Economics & Liberty
The Economist's economics dictionary.
Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report -- Economic Freedom Network
Index of Economic Freedom -- Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal
Federal Budget in Pictures from the Heritage Foundation

>>  Law
USA.gov  "the U.S. Government's official web portal"-- see esp. the "Reference Center"
Gov't Publishing Office's Federal Digital System  the US Code, Congressional and regulatory materials
Legal Information Institute  Cornell
Google Scholar  click "Legal documents" to research case law 
Legal dictionaries and legal news @  FindLaw & Law.com  & Jurist  & West
Law and Politics Book Review  
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution 
Encyclopedia of Law & Economics  
Legal Theory Lexicon  
Conservative & Libertarian Legal Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography (Federalist Society)

>>  Historical texts archives
Avalon Project 
Internet History Sourcebooks Project 
Library of Economics & Liberty and Online Library of Liberty 

>>  Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

>>  General
Google Scholar -- "enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature"
Social Science Research Network 
WWW Virtual Library 

>> Internet finding aids  
Citizens' Guide to Conservative Organizations -- Heartland Institute
Policy Experts: The Insider Guide to Public Policy Experts and Organizations -- Heritage Foundation
Global Network Directory -- Atlas Foundation 


VIII.  THE STACKS AREA -- containing most of the earlier version of this page
Table of Contents
A.     Economics -- A1 The Basics; A2 The Next Level; A3 History of Economic Thought; A4 Economic & Business History; A5 Econnomic Growth/International Economics/Free Trade; A6 Statistics; A7 Game Theory/Experiemental Economics
B.     Economic Analysis of Law
C.     Public Choice
D.     Austrian Economics
E.     The 20th Century: Freedom and Its Enemies
F.     The American Founding / American History
G.     American Legal System (Current)
H.      Western Civ / English Legal History
I.     Legal Philosophy / General Philosophy
J.      "Great Books" and Other Literary / General Reference Works

A.  ECONOMICS

    I think economics, like philosophy, cannot be taught to nineteen-year olds.  It is an old man's
    field.  Nineteen-year olds are, most of them, romantics, capable of memorizing and emoting, but
    not capable of thinking coldly in the cost-and-benefit way. . . .  A nineteen-year old has
    intimations of immortality, comes directly from a socialized economy (called a family), and has no
    feel on his pulse for those tragedies of adult life that economists call scarcity and choice.
                                                                -- Donald McCloskey (1992)

A1.  The Basics

     Mankiw's 10 Principles  It doesn't get any more succinct than this.
     Nine fundamental principles of economics  drawn from the classic intro text, "The Economic Way of Thinking"
     Keystone Economic Principles  nine key points from the Powell Economic Education Foundation

     Free Enterprise: The Economics of Cooperation by Dwight Lee
     Common Sense Economics by James Gwartney, Richard Stroup, Dwight Lee & Tawni Ferrarini
These are the two best, short introductions to economic reasoning I know.  An earlier version of the latter is online here, "adapted for Canadian readers."  A summary of "Ten Key Elements of Economics" from Common Sense Economics appeared in the Heritage Foundation's Insider, Spring 2005 (pp. 8-13 of this PDF file).

     Ten Key Ideas: Opening the Door to the Economic Way of Thinking by Russell Roberts
     Learning Economics by Arnold Kling (webbed intro text by the webmaster of EconLib)
     Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.  This classic text was first published in 1946.
     The Concise Guide to Economics (3d ed.), by Jim Cox  (also here)

     The Nature of Man by Michael Jensen & William Meckling 

     Economics for the Citizen -- Ten short introductory essays by the prolific Walter Williams of the George Mason economics department. 

     Economics Internet Library by Walter Antoniotti (with links to other business sites by the same editor)

     Capitalism FAQ     The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank's quarterly magazine, "Econ Focus," regularly carries good, short articles under the headings "Jargon Alert" (economics terms), "Interview" (famous and semi-famous economists), and "Economic History" (mostly of the states in the Bank's region).
      
    Minneapolis Fed's magazine interview archive  

    Online Library of Liberty's "Intellectual Portrait Series"

    The Mercatus Center at George Mason University focuses its publications efforts on helping "policy makers, and others involved in the policy process, make more effective decisions by incorporating insights from sound, interdisciplinary research – with an emphasis on the role of 'institutions' in promoting prosperity."  Particularly recommended:  Liberalism and Cronyism: Two Rival Political and Economic Systems, by Randall Holcombe & Andrea Castillo, and The Role of Property Rights as an Institution by Karol Boudreaux.

     Economic Literacy Project (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

     P.J. O'Rourke's C-SPAN interview re his Eat the Rich (1999) 

A2.  The Next Level

    Resources for Economists on the Internet (a huge site, sposnored by the AEA)
    IDEAS: Research Papers in Economics ("the largest bibliographic database dedicated
        to Economics and available freely on the Internet")
    WebEc (a large site that has not been updated since 2007)
    Social Science Research Network
    AmosWeb ("economics with a touch of whimsy")
   
About.com economics site
    Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress

     Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (2d ed. 1990) by David Friedman (suitable for college juniors; a terrific resource)
            Friedman's C-SPAN interview re his Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996)
     Introduction to Economic Analysis: The Open Source Introduction to Microeconomics by Preston McAfee (PDF) (used in the intro course at Cal Tech)
     Essential Principles of Economics: A Hypermedia Text (2007) by Roger McCain
     CyberEconomics: An Analysis of Unintended Consequences by Robert Schenk (webbed textbook)
     Economics Interactive Tutorials (courtesy of the U. of S. Carolina School of Public Health)
     Economics in Excel by J. Wilson Mixon, Jr. & Soumaya M. Tohamy
     Managerial Economics by Richard Stanford (webbed textbook)
     Price Theory, a nice website for Steven Landsburg's intermediate textbook
     Tutor2uEconomics (U.K. college entrance materials)
     Russell Roberts's books, The Choice and The Invisible Heart, are described and previewed here.

     Free online course from Carnegie Mellon U: Introductory Economics

     Economics Radio
     Economics at the Idea Channel (links and videos of big name economists)

      Daniel Klein, What Do Academic Economists Contribute? (1999).
      The Economists' Voice is timely and well worth a look, even if pretentiously titled

     William Neilson, Must-Have Math Tools for Graduate Study in Economics (2009)

A3.  History of Economic Thought 

     Archive for the History of Economic Thought (McMaster U., Canada)
     Economic History includes an Encyclopedia of Business & Economic History and a great links page.
     The History of Economics Society
     Center for the History of Political Economy (Duke)
     Adam Smith Lives! Sandra Peart's history of economic thought blog, with links to related sites and blogs
     History of Economics Playground blog (Institute for New Economic Thinking)

     Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

     Short biographies of free-market theorists (from the Dallas Fed's "Economic Insights" publication)
     Great economists and their times (from the San Francisco Fed)
     Essay on the history of Nobel prize in economics, by chair of selection committee
     Article on Nobel prize in economics (from Minneapolis Fed, 1999)

     Great quotations in economics from Florida State U. and Emory & Henry College  

      Adam Smith, THE WEALTH OF NATIONS and The Theory of Moral Sentiments (searchable)
      P.J. O'Rourke on The Wealth of Nations (2007) text and video
      Adam Smith Institute (UK)
      Adam Smith -- A Primer, by Eamonn Butler (IEA, 2007)
      The Condensed Wealth of Nations, by Eamonn Butler (Adam Smith Institute, 2011)
      Alan Macfarlane, Adam Smith and the Making of the Modern World (2000)
                from Macfarlane's 2000 book, The Riddle of the Modern World
      Economics and the Ordinary Person: Re-reading Adam Smith by Sam Fleischacker (2004)
      The Relevance of Adam Smith by Robert Hetzel (1976)
      Alan Greenspan, "Adam Smith Memorial Lecture" (2005)
          Another address by Greenspan in the Smithian vein (2004)
      Adam Smith "interview" (1994)
      My links page on the Scottish Enlightenment is here.

     Adam Smith and all that, by John Creedy (2002) (comic relief in PDF)

     Israel Kirzner, The Economic Point of View: An Essay in the History of Economic Thought (1960, 1976)

     A History of Economic Analysis, by Roger Backhouse (webbed textbook, 1985)
     Downloadable books on the history of economic thought, 1588-1999 (McMaster U.)

     The Secret History of the Dismal Science, by David Levy & Sandra Peart (2001),
            and later installments here.

     Lawrence Boland (Simon Fraser U., many articles and books available for download)

     Wealth of Notions, from the U. of Chicago Alumni magazine, about Chicago Nobelists (2001)
     Arnold Harberger interview (1999)
     George Stigler interview (1989)
     Milton Friedman interview (2000)
     Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (U. of Chicago)

     Kenneth Arrow on Cowles in the History of Economic Thought (1983)

A4.  Economic and Business History 

     Economic History Association
     Business History Conference
     WWW Virtual Library Economic & Business History
     American Enterprise exhibit opening at the Smithsonian in 2015 
     Best of the Web has a nice page of economic history links.
     Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (site for the 1998 PBS mini-series)
     Ancient Economies
     Oxford U. teaching materials in economic and social history
     Keith Poole's economic history course pages (esp. the U. of Houston and Carnegie-Mellon material)
     John Munro's European economic history course pages (U. of Toronto)
     Niall Ferguson (Harvard)
     Harvard Business School's business history unit (includes working papers and the Business History Review)
     Program on the Study of Capitalism and the Center for History & Economics (both at Harvard U.)
     The History of Capitalism (U. of Georgia)
     UCLA Center for Economic History    

A5.  Economic GrowthInternational Economics / Free Trade

    Angus Maddison's website
            Maddison's 2005 book, Growth & Interaction in the World Economy: The Roots of Modernity (AEI, 2005)
            Maddison obituary (VOXeu.org, 2010)
            The (posthumous) Maddison Project 
    Groningen Growth & Development Centre (Netherlands)

    The World Economy (the OECD)

    Avner Greif, Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade, Cambridge U. Press.  and on his website.  
    William Bernstein, The Birth of Plenty (2004), site includes exerpts from the preface and introduction, and the whole of chapter one

     The Industrial Revolution: Past and Future by Robert Lucas, for the Minneapolis Fed, May 2004
     Forbes Magazine's 85th Anniversary Issue is chock-full of interesting business history items.
     Jerry L. Jordan, Sources of Prosperity (1998)
     Virginia Postrell 1999 C-SPAN interview re her book, The Future and Its Enemies  
     See the website for the PBS program "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy" in Section A4, above
 
    Paul Romer, Economic Growth, in Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
         Romer interview (requires registration; 1997)
         Wired magazine on Romer's work, 1996
     The Milken Institute
     Piercing the Gloom and Doom, by Herbert London (1999)

     World Development, Inc.
     Publications and working papers of
           Harvard economists Robert Barro, Edward Glaeser, and Andrei Shleifer are available here.
           Dartmouth economist Raphael LaPorta available here.
           MIT economist Daron Acemoglu available here.
     Hernando DeSoto interviews 2001 and 1999
          DeSoto, Citadels of Dead Capital (2001)  

     Gapminder (very cool graphics)   
     NationMaster (worldwide statistics)     
     The freedom & free enterprise projects of The John Templeton Foundation
     Atlas Economic Research Foundation

     The Candlemakers' Petition, by Frederic Bastiat
     The Case for Free Trade, by Milton & Rose Friedman
     The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism, by Russell Roberts (excerpt)
     The Fruits of Free Trade (Dallas Fed 2002 annual report)
     Jagdish Bhagwati's home page (Columbia U. economist, perennial member of Nobel Prize short list)
     International Economics Study Center (textbook & more from Geo Wash U prof; free registration)

A6.  Statistics 

     Resources for Economists on the Internet, courtesy of the American Economic Association
     FedStats.gov, "statistics from more than 100 agencies"
     Economic Reports of the President, 1995-2013 
     National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
     Economic Time Series Page
     Measuring Worth (inflation calculator, successor to How Much Is That?) 

    Social Science Data Analysis Network (Michigan) (includes CensusScope site)
    Social Science Data on the Net

     SurfStat.australia (on-line statistics text)
     The Web Center for Social Research Methods (Cornell)
     Institute for Quantitative Social Science (Harvard)
     The Chance Project (Dartmouth)
     Statistical Assessment Service, critiques media use of statistics
     WebMath (large site, ranging from help for grade schoolers doing their homework, on up) 

     Nassim Taleb's home page
     John Allen Paulos's home page (the author of Innumeracy, and A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market)
     Andrew Gelman's statistics blog

      Numerous free online statistics courses from Carnegie Mellon U
      The Joy of Stats -- BBC and Open University course
      Alan Sykes, An Introduction to Regression Analysis (1993)

A7.  Game Theory / Experimental Economics

     Game Theory: An Introductory Sketch by Roger McCain
     Game Theory & Experimental Economics Page by Al Roth -- co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel prize in economics
     David Levine's game theory page
     Game Theory Online (two free video-based courses; first offered on Coursera)
     A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory by Matthew Jackson
     Graduate-Level Course in Game Theory, by Jim Ratliff (lecture notes)
     Prisoners' Dilemma page  (constitution.org)
     On-line prisoners' dilemma simulation

     Vernon Smith's home page (Chapman U.)
     Robert Axelrod's Complexity of Cooperation Web Site (U. of Michigan)
     Charles Holt's  web page on teaching through experimental economics (U.Va.)
     Barry Nalebuff's Coopetition Interactive site (Yale)

     Economic Science Laboratory (U. of Arizona)
     Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (George Mason)
     Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics (George Mason)
     Center for Neuroeconomics Studies (Claremont)
     Economic Science Institute (Chapman)
     Laboratory for Experimental Economics & Political Science (Cal Tech)
     Experimental Social Science Research Group (Florida State)
     Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (Nuffield College, Oxford)
     Center on Social Dynamics & Policy (Brookings Institution)
     Santa Fe Institute  
     Iowa Electronic Markets

     Classroom Expernomics (experiments for classroom use)
     Experiments with Economic Principles (by Theodore Bergstrom & John Miller)
     Seeing Around Corners, a book by Jonathan Rauch "about what the study of artificial societies has to tell us about the real world" and an  interview of Rauch
     Randal Picker, An Introduction to Game Theory and the Law (1994) and Simple Games in a Complex World (1998)

     1994 Nobel Prize in economics to J. Harsanyi, J. Nash & R. Selten
     2002 Nobel Prize to Daniel Kahneman and Vernon Smith
           interviews of Smith, 2002 and 2003
     2005 Nobel Prize to Thomas Schelling and Robert Aumann
           2005 interviews of Schelling by the Financial Times and the Richmond Fed
     2012 Nobel Prize to Alvin Roth & Lloyd Shapley 

B.  ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW

    The same persons who cry down Logic will generally warn you against Political Economy.  It is
    unfeeling, they will tell you.  It recognises unpleasant facts.  For my part, the most unfeeling thing
    I know of is the law of gravitation: it breaks the neck of the best and most amiable person without
    scruple, if he forgets for a single moment to give heed to it.  The winds and waves too are very
    unfeeling.  Would you advise those who go to sea to deny then winds and waves -- or to make
    use of them, and find the means of guarding against their dangers?  My advice to you is to study
    the great writers on Political Economy, and hold firmly by whatever in them you find true; and
    depend on it that if you are not selfish or hard-hearted already, Political Economy will not make
    you so.
                                                                -- John Stuart Mill (1867)

     Federalist Society bibliography (scroll down to section XVII)
     FindLaw Law & Economics page -- including the
         Encyclopedia of Law & Economics  
     Jurist subject guide to law & economics

     Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do With Law and Why It Matters, David Friedman's fine intro textbook.
     Cento Veljanovski, The Economics of Law (IEA, 2d ed. 2006).  Nice introductory treatment.
     A. Mitchell Polinsky & Steven Shavell, Economic Analysis of Law (2005), a brief digest of the core of the field, from the second edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.
     Lewis Kornhauser, The Economic Analysis of Law (2006), from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
      Bruce Benson's home page  (including his dictionary entry for "law and economics")
      Cooter & Ulen's Law & Economics (6th ed. 2012), the largest-selling college textbook      
      Thomas Miceli, The Economic Approach to Law (2d ed. 2008), a large site supporting this textbook.

      George Mason U. law & economics center
      International Center for Law & Economics 
      Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington U., St. Louis
      Harvard Law School's Olin Center for Law, Economics & Business working papers archive includes
          dozens of papers of interest in PDF format, including
                # 340.  Steven Shavell, "Law versus Morality as Regulators of Conduct" (Nov. 2001)
                # 342.  Louis Kaplow & Steven Shavell, "Moral Rules and Moral Sentiments: Toward a
                            Theory of an Optimal Moral System" (Nov. 2001)
                # 277.  Louis Kaplow & Steven Shavell, "Principles of Fairness versus Human Welfare:
                            On the Evaluation of Legal Policy" (February 2000)
                # 283.  Steven Shavell, "Economic Analysis of Law" (June 2000) -- a survey article for
                            the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2001)
         U. of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Working Papers includes numerous papers of interest in PDF, including
                #92.  Eric Posner, "Agency Models in Law & Economics" (January 2000)
                #53.  Richard Posner, "Values and Consequences: An Introduction to Economic
                            Analysis of Law"  (March 1998)
                #49.  Richard Epstein, "Contract Law Through the Lens of Laissez-Faire"
                #38.  Richard Epstein, "Transaction Costs and Property Rights -- Or, Do Good Fences
                            Make Good Neighbors?"
                #33.  Richard Craswell, "Freedom of Contract"  (August 1995)
                #22.  Randal Picker, "An Introduction to Game Theory and the Law"  (June 1994)  (see also materials on game theory in Section VIII.A.7, above)
                #20.  Alan Sykes, "An Introduction to Regression Analysis"  (October 1993) (see also materials on statistics in Section VIII.A.6, above)
    Ditto the Working Paper Series of the Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at Chicago.
    Ditto the U. of Chicago Booth School of Business "Selected Papers" and "Capital Ideas" websites which offer PDF versions of classic articles by Chicago economists.

    Encyclopedia of Law and Economics entries for
            The Coase Theorem (#730, Medema)
            Transaction Costs (#740, Allen)
            Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, and Law & Econ (#610, Van den Hauwe)
    
     Robert Hahn, In Defense of the Economic Analysis of Regulation (AEI, 2004)
     More on regulation and administrative law in section B of my course links page

     David K. Levine, Is Behavioral Economics Doomed? (2012)

     Richard Epstein's homepage.
            The full text of his 2005 book, Free Markets Under Seige, is available online courtesy of the Hoover Institution.
            His book, Principles for a Free Society, is summarized in his 1998 speech at AEI by the same title.
            His 1995 Reason magazine interview.

      Richard Posner's homepage.        
            The Becker-Posner Blog  (2004-2014)
            He was interviewed by Reason magazine in April 2001.  
            In 2002, Posner allowed a week's worth of his diary entries to be published on Slate; the Friday installment includes links to the other 4 days of that week. 
            Several video clips of a more recent interview of Judge Posner are available on Big Think.
      Project Posner is a searchable database of hundreds of Judge Posner's opinions, from 1981 to 2006. 
      In 2007 both the University of Chicago Law Review and the Harvard Law Review published special issues celebrating Posner's 25th anniversary on the bench, with many of the authors focusing on a single Posner opinion each.

      In 2010 the University of Chicago  Law Review published a special issue celebrating Judge Frank Easterbook's 25 years on the 7th Circuit.

     Ronald Coase interview (Reason, January 1997)
     Short article about Coase (2004)
            the Ronald Coase Institute
            the Contracting and Organizations Research Institute, work in the Coasian vein, at the U. of Missouri
     Autobiographical essay by Coase (1991)

     1993 Nobel Prize to Douglass North & Robert Vogel 
          Center for New Institutional Social Sciences @ Wash U St Louis
     2009 Nobel Prize to Oliver Williamson  

C.  PUBLIC CHOICE

        In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics." All issues are political issues,
        and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. . . .  Political
        language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to
        give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
                                                                                        -- George Orwell (1946)

        The U.S. government is a sort of permanent frat pledge to every special interest in the
        nation -- willing to undertake any task no matter how absurd or useless. . . .  Politics
        would not exist if it weren't for special interests.  If the effect of government were always
        the same on everyone and if no one stood to lose or gain anything from government
        except what his fellows did, there would be little need for debate and no need for
        coalitions, parties or intrigue. . . .  The whole idea of our government is this: If enough
        people get together and act in concert, they can take something and not pay for it.
                                                                                        -- P.J. O'Rourke (1991)

     Federalist Society bibliography  (scroll down to sections XVII and XX)

     Public Choice, by J. Mark Ramseyer (1994)
     Public Choice, by Peter Calcagno (2010)
     The Public Choice Revolution, by Pierre Lemieux (2004)
     The Public Choice Revolution, by James Gwartney & Richard Wagner (1988)
     The "Virginia School" and Public Choice, by Dennis C. Mueller (1985)

     Public Choice -- A Primer, by Eamonn Butler (IEA, 2012)
     Understanding Democracy: An Introduction to Public Choice, by Patrick Gunning (check out the "downloadable samples" -- even though the full text is no longer available, alas)
     Introduction to Public Choice Theory, by Leon Felkins, including "A Rational Life: The Peculiar Consequences of Individuals Living in Groups"
     Encyclopedia of L&E entries for
             Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, and Law & Econ (#610, Van den Hauwe)
             Public Goods and Club Goods (#750, McNutt)

     Frederic Bastiat site
     Frederic Bastiat, The Law (1850) -- also here and here and here  

     U. of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Working Papers includes numerous papers of interest in PDF.
     Public choice resource page from Constitution.org
     "Yes, Minister" was a very popular British TV show that satirized politics, often along lines consistent with public choice theory.  For a good fansite, check out The Yes (Prime) Minister Files.
     Charles Adams' C-SPAN interview re his For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization (1993)
     Ilya Somin, When Ignorance Isn't Bliss: How Political Ignorance Threatens Democracy (Cato, 2004)
     
     Open Secrets  (campaign contributions database)
     Farm Subsidy Database, from the Environmental Working Group
     Vote View, info on Congressional voting patterns 
     Randall Holcombe's homepage (Florida State U.)
     Kenneth Arrow interview (1995)
     Bruno Frey's homepage  
     Center for Study of Public Choice (George Mason U.)
     Public Choice Society
     Center for Study of Constitutional Political Economy (West Virginia U.)   

     Gordon Tullock interview (2003)
         on privilege seeking (1997)
          festshrift (2005)

     James Buchanan
            Public Choice: Politics Without Romance  
            Interviews from 1995 and 2004 
            Public Choice Theory:  The Origins and Development of a Research Program 
                   Shortened version published as What Is Public Choice Theory? (Imprimis, 2003)
            Saving the Soul of Classical Liberalism (2000)
            Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum (2005)
     Methods and Morals in Constitutional Economics, dozens of papers in honor of Buchanan, available on Google Books
     1986 Nobel Prize in economics to James Buchanan
     The Collected Works of James Buchanan, courtesy of the Liberty Fund.
 

D.  AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS

     Ludwig von Mises Institute, including --
         An introduction to Austrian economics; a huge library of webbed texts (including Mises's treatise, Human Action and Gene Callahan's 2004 Economics for Real People: An Introudction to the Austrian School). 
         Their blog
     The Distributed Republic (successor to Catallarchy, an Austrian blog edited by non-PhD enthusiasts)

      Austrian Economics -- A Primer, by Eamonn Butler (IEA, 2010)
      Ludwig von Mises -- A Primer, by Eamonn Butler (IEA, 2010)
      The Austrian School: Market Order and Entrepreneurial Creativity, by Jesus Huerta de Soto (IEA, 2008)

     Society for the Development of Austrian Economics
     Peter Boettke (George Mason U)
     Taking Hayek Seriously (formerly the Hayek Scholars Page) -- the related  Twitter feed
     The Hayek Interviews: Alive and Influential (17 videos of varying lengths)
     Hayek Links -- just what it sounds like
     Transcript of PBS program, Friedrich Hayek, "Away from Serfdom" (Sept. 1999)
     Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (1945)
     The condensed version of The Road to Serfdom from the April 1945 issue of Reader's Digest
     Two of Hayek's most influential articles (the first two listed, as you scroll down)
           Another version of "The Use of Knowledge in Society"
     Hayek interview (conducted in 1977, reprinted in July 1992 issue of Reason)
     1974 Nobel Prize in economics to Hayek
     Hayek for the 21st Century (interview of Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell, Jan. 2005 Reason)
     C-SPAN interviews of
            Alan Ebenstein re his biography of Hayek (2001)
            Milton Friedman re his Introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of The Road to Serfdom (1994)
     No Third Way: Hayek and the Recovery of Freedom by Gregg & Kasper (1999)
     Hayek and the Law -- 14 articles in the inaugural issue of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty (2005), PDF files
     Cato Journal symposium on The Legacy of Mises and Hayek (1999)

 
E.  THE 20th CENTURY:  FREEDOM AND ITS ENEMIES

    The great and chief end of men uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under
    government, is the preservation of their property.
                                                                                       -- John Locke (1690)

    The Dane never showed up but they had the "seminar" anyway, under some shade trees
    in a place called the French Park.  Jay Bomarr opened it with his famous speech, "Come
    Dream Along with Me."  I had heard it myself, at Ole Miss of all places, back in the days
    when Jay was drawing big crowds.  It was a dream of blood and smashed faces, with a
    lot of talk about "the people," whose historic duty it was to become a nameless herd and
    submit their lives to the absolute control of a small pack of wily and vicious intellectuals.
                                                                                        -- Charles Portis, "The Dog of the
                                                                                            South" (1979)

     Richard Epstein interview (Reason, April 1995)

     Richard Pipes, "Life, Liberty, Property" (1999)
     Richard Pipes, Property and Freedom: reviewed 

     Survey: Capitalism and Democracy, from The Economist, June 26, 2003, the magazine's 160th birthday

     Liberty at Risk: The Least Every Citizen Should Know About Capitalism and its Enemies, by Dean Worcester, late professor of economics at the U. of Washington
     Liberty Story (edited by author Jim Powell)  

     P.J. O'Rourke, The Liberty Manifesto (1993)
     P.J. O'Rourke, Closing the Wealth Gap (1997)
     P.J. O'Rourke, A Message to Redistributionists (Cato Policy Report, vol. 19 #4, 1997)
     P.J. O'Rourke, The Problem is Politics (2008)     
   
    Paul Heyne, Moral Misunderstanding and the Justification of Markets (1998)

    Coercion v. consent: How to think about liberty (a Reason magazine (March '04) debate featuring Richard Epstein, Randy Barnett, David Friedman, and James Pinkerton)
    Gertrude Himmelfarb's C-SPAN interview re her book, The De-Moralization of Society (1995)

    Julian Simon & Stephen Moore, The Greatest Century That Ever Was: 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years (1999).
    Caplow, Hicks & Wattenberg, The First Measured Century: An Illustrated Guide to Trends in America, 1900-2000 (2001).  The website for the companion PBS program is here.
    Also in this vein, see the very readable feature stories in the annual reports of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

     Economist Magazine's Survey of the 20th Century (1999)

     Albion's Seedlings, blog of James C. Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge

     John Stossel (ABC News) program, "Is America #1?: The Success & Failure of Societies" (transcript, 9-19-99)
     15 lectures on democracy at Yale University, 2001 (text and audio)
     Dave Barry interview (1994)

    The Churchill Centre (Washington, DC)
    Churchill Archives Centre @ Cambridge     

    Robert Conquest C-SPAN interview re his Reflections on a Ravaged Century (1999)
            Robert Conquest, Freedom, Terror, and Falsehoods: Lessons from the 20th Century (2000)
     Leszek Kolakowski and the anatomy of totalitarianism, by Roger Kimball (2005)
     Vaclav Havel (former president, Czech Republic) home page.
            Havel's May 2005 address at the Library of Congress on human rights "with particular attention to . . . Cuba, China, Belarus and Burma"
            Details of his seven-week visit to Columbia U. in the fall of 2006 are available here.
     House of Terror Museum, Budapest
     Museum of Communism (Bryan Caplan, George Mason U.)
     The Cambridge Spies (Philby, Burgess, Blunt, Maclean)
     NSA "cryptologic heritage" web site, including discussion of the VENONA documents
     Freedom, Democide, War (R.J. Rummel, U. of Hawaii)
            Professor Rummel's blog
      Is the Spectre of Communism Still Haunting the World? (2006) by Richard Ebeling
     George Orwell Homepage
         Orwell's Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest, by Peter Huber
     Anne Applebaum C-SPAN interview re her Gulag: A History (2003)
     Revelations from the Russian Archives (Library of Congress, 1992)
     Malcolm Muggeridge: The Iconoclast links page
     Excerpts from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Harvard address
     Seventeen Moments in Soviet History (Macalester College)

     Pope John Paul II's encyclicals on "The Hundredth Year" (capitalism vs. socialism) and
         "Faith and Reason" (epistemology, modernism, etc.)
      Margaret Thatcher Foundation, "offers free access to the full texts of thousands of documents relating to the politics of the last quarter of a century"
      Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (NARA and U. of Texas)
      Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation 

     C-SPAN interviews of Paul Hollander re his Anti-Americanism (1992)
           David Gelernter re his Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber (1997)
           Mona Charen re her Useful Idiots (2003)

     John Fonte, Why There Is a Culture War (2000; it's Tocqueville vs. Gramsci)
     Robert Nozick, Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism? (1998)
     Center for Media and Public Affairs (Robert Lichter's group)

     A History of Liberty, from the Acton Institute
     
     UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology (includes "Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer")
     Tom Bethell, Against Sociobiology (2001) 
 

F.  THE AMERICAN FOUNDING / AMERICAN HISTORY    

        And you may ask yourself -- Well . . . How did I get here?
                                                     -- David Byrne (Talking Heads, 1980), "Once in a Lifetime" (video)

        The characteristic danger of great nations, like the Romans and the English, which have a
        long history of continuous creation, is that they may at last fail from not comprehending
        the great institutions that they have created.
                                                    -- Walter Bagehot (1832)

     Federalist Society bibliography (scroll down to section V)

     Legal History Blog  
    American Society for Legal History "H-LAW"
    Jurist subject guide to legal history    

     Core Documents of US Democracy (U.S. Gov't Printing Office)
     Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents (Library of Congress)
     Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress)
     The Interactive Constitution 
     Natural Law, Natural Rights and American Constitutionalism
     The U.S.Constitution: A Reader  (Hillsdale College)
      A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875 (Library of Congress)

     The Founders' Constitution (a terrific resource from the U. of Chicago Press)         

     The Heritage Guide to the Constitution 

     Constitutional Convention and Ratification of the Constitution (from Teaching American History at Ashland U.)
     Center for the Constitution (James Madison's Montpelier)
     Bruce Frohnen, ed., The American Republic: Primary Sources

     Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, U. of Oklahoma           Center for the Study of the American Constitution, U. of Wisconsin-Madison   

     Avalon Project, Yale Law School
     A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents, U. of Oklahoma
     Founding.com, Claremont Institute
     Constitution Society  (includes Cooke edition of The Federalist Papers)
            Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics
     The Panda's Thumb: The Modest and Mercantlist Original Meaning of the Commerce Clause , by Calvin H. Johnson (2004)
     Colonial Origins of American Liberty, by Thomas Woods

     The Papers of George Washington
     Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
     George Mason online

     C-SPAN interviews of
            Bernard Bailyn re his To Begin the World Anew (2003)
            Michael Novak re his On Two Wings (2002)
            Gordon Wood re his  The American Revolution (2002)
            Thomas West re his Vindicating the Founders (1997)
            Kent Newmyer re his John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court (2002) 

     The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics, by West & Schambra (2007) 

     Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
          The Common Law (1881) -- and here
          The Path of the Law (1897)    

     A Constitutional History of the United States, by Andrew C. McLaughlin (1936, before the deluge)

     The New Deal Network, from the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute  
     Great Myths of the Great Depression, by Lawrence Reed 
     The Declaration of Independence in American, by H.L. Mencken (1918)
     Constitution for the New Deal, by H.L. Mencken (1937)
     The Revolution Was, by Garet Garrett (1938)

     Dennis Hutcheson C-SPAN interview re his The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington (2002)  
 
    Joseph Postell, From Administrative State to Constitutional Government (2012)

    The Heritage Foundation's 2012 Index of Government Dependency
    The Welfare State We're In blog

     American Memory (Library of Congress)
     A Timeline of American Thought
     American Political History On-line (Richard Jensen, UIC)
     American Experience (PBS)
     Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (includes search engine for the Gilder Lehrman Collection)
     American History: From Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond
     De Tocqueville's Democracy in America (searchable)
         Alexis de Tocqueville  page
         Harvey Mansfield's C-SPAN interview re his translation of Tocqueville (2000)
     American Heritage magazine
     HarpWeek:  Harper's Weekly in the 19th century
     Making of America (U. of Michigan site containing thousands of 19th century journals and books)
     Department of American Studies, UVA (very cool American culture site)
     Teaching American History  (from the Ashbrook Center @ Ashbrook U.)
     History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web (George Mason U.)
     Paul Johnson C-SPAN interview re his History of the American People (1998)
     Outline of U.S. History, by Alonzo Hamby for the U.S. Department of State
      State Digital Resources, including online encyclopedias (Library of Congress)

    Gordon Lloyd's excellent web pages on the American Founding, the French Revolution, political economy, and the New Deal (links at the bottom of the page)

 
G.  AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM  (CURRENT)

    THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY FOR LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES
            Blog -- Multimedia Archive 

    Understanding the Federal Courts, from the Administrative Office of the US Courts
    US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics

    U.S. Library of Congress -- Guide to Law Online: The United States
    Law Library of Congress

    RegInfo.gov  "Where to find Federal Regulatory Information" (from OMB's OIRA)
    FedWorld Information Network (from U.S. Department of Commerce)

    FedLaw (Center for Regulatory Effectiveness)
     Voice of the Shuttle Legal Studies
     Hieros Gamos  

    
RAND Corporation Institute for Civil Justice 
     C-SPAN's America and the Courts
     From the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics:
        # 9000, General Character of Rules, by Kaplow
        # 9200, Judge Made Law, by Rubin
        # 7100, Judicial Organization and Administration, by Kornhauser
        # 7000, Civil Procedure: General, by Kobayashi & Parker

    U.S. Supreme Court (official site)
    The Oyez Project: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
    Supreme Court Database (Washington U. St. Louis)
    Exploring Constitutional Law, Doug Linder (UMKC)
    Stanford Constitutional Law Center  

   Symposium: The End of Democracy? The Judicial Usurpation of Politics (First Things, Nov. 1996)
            symposium continued (First Things, January 1997)
            symposium critiqued (Commentary Magazine, Feb. 1997)
            Budziszewski, Tne Future of the End of Democracy (First Things, March 1999)
    Steven Smith, The Constitution in the Cave (First Things, May 2000)
    Symposium: The Supreme Court 2000 (First Things, October 2000)
    Steven Smith, Legal Theories Nobody Believes (First Things, November 2000) (review of 2 books on the Warren Court and one on the Burger Court)
    Judge Edith Jones on contemporary threats to the rule of law, Harvard Federalist Society, 2003
    Michael Uhlmann, The Supreme Court Rules (First Things, October 2003)
    Steven Smith, Conciliating Hatred (First Things, June/July 2004)
    Michael Uhlmann, The Supreme Court Rules: 2004 (First Things, October 2004)
   
     Clegg & DeBow, Conservative and Libertarian Pre-Law Reading List (for the Federalist Society)
     Clegg & DeBow, Pre-law prerequisities: A guide to the post-socialist world (Policy Review, 1994)
     John McGinnis, Impeachable Defenses (1999) -- Excellent article discussing, among other things, the dominant ideology among law professors and in the law schools.

     Lawyers, Guns, and Rummies: Why do we hate lawyers (Walter Olson)
     Walter Olson's homepage (legal reform)
            his Schools for Misrule (2012) examining American legal education
     Trial Lawyers Inc. ("a report on the lawsuit industry in America")
     American Association for Justice  vs.  American Tort Reform Association
            see also ATRA's Tracking the Trial Lawyers re campaign contributions
     Institute for Legal Reform of the US Chamber of Commerce
     American Justice Partnership's "legal reform in the news"
     C-SPAN interview of Max Boot re his Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench (1998)

    American Law Institute  where Restatements come from
    National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws  where uniform acts come from

     Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (Oxford U.)


H.  WESTERN CIV / ENGLISH LEGAL HISTORY 

   To be ignorant of what happened before you were born . . . is to live the life of a child forever.
                                                                                                                                 -- Cicero

Ancient Legal Texts    
Roman Law Resources  (U. of Glasgow)
Bruce Bartlett, How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome (1994)  

Netserf: Medieval Law (contains texts by famous legal historians F.W. Maitland (under "Common") and H.S. Maine (under "Roman")
Medieval Legal History
Western Legal Tradition (interesting undergraduate course page at American U., from ancient civilizations to Hobbes & Locke)

WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue  

The Internet History Sourcebook Project offers extensive material on ancient , medieval , and modern history.  You could probably re-teach yourself the basics of "Western Civ" with this site. 
Other large Western Civ web sites include:
          Internet Classics Archive (MIT)
           Perseus Digital Library  (Tufts U.)
           Electronic Resources for Classicists (UC Irvine)
           Exploring Ancient World Cultures (U. of Evansville)
           The Middle Ages Online (LSU)
           The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (Georgetown U.)           
           Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies (CUNY College of Staten Island)
           Luminarium (medieval, renaissance and 17th century literature) 
           Voice of the Shuttle (humanities search engine; UCSB)

    Scholars' Guide to the WWW, by Richard Jensen, offers many history links among other subjects
    Hanover Historical Texts Project
    Best of History Web Sites
    Directory of History Journals

    Eyewitness to History 

     Inside British History (BBC)
     BBC History TV & Radio Programmes  
     Simon Schama, A History of Britain (BBC)
     British History resources on Britannia.com
     Law and Society in England 1750-1950 by Cornish & Clark (1989).  A landmark.
     Wars of the Roses
     British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638-60
     The Oliver Cromwell Website
     Harvard historian Mark Kishlansky's lecture on Cromwell (video)
     Glorious Revolution of 1688
     Eighteenth Century Resources (Rutgers)
     Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution  (George Mason)
     Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
     Sean Gabb, How English Liberalism was Created by Accident and Custom, and then Destroyed by Liberals
     The Victorian Web 
     The First World War

    Legal History Blog  
    The Legal History Project  +  blog
    Legal History Research Guide at U. of Chicago Library
    Legal History Links page at U. of Pittsburgh law library
    Research Guide to Legal History  (U. of Texas law library)

    My links page on English legal history
    English Legal History Materials (Robert Palmer, U. of Houston)
    Sources of English Constitutional History (Stephenson & Marcham, 1937)  currently not available online
    The Constitution Unit at University College London studies changes to the British constitution.
    The Constitution Society (UK)
    The Constitution and Government of the United Kingdom (Wikibooks)

     British & Irish Legal Information Institute (huge site)
     The Proceedings of the Old Bailey:  London's Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913.

    The St. Thomas More Web Site
    Sir Edward Coke
    Lord Mansfield
    William Blackstone
        his "Commentaries on the Laws of England" (1765-69)
        another version of the Commentaries
    Jeremy Bentham
  

I.  LEGAL PHILOSOPHY / GENERAL PHILOSOPHY  

    Federalist Society bibliography (scroll down to section XVII)

    Links page for my undergraduate course in Jurisprudence 

    Classical Political Theory Web and Modern Political Theory websites (Western Illinois U.)

    Legal Theory Lexicon -- described by its author, Professor Lawrence Solum of the Georgetown law school, as "basic concepts in legal theory for first year law students" -- highly recommended.      
        His Legal Theory  blog focuses on legal philosophy.
    Jurisprudence: An Overview (from Cornell's Legal Information Institute)
    Excerpts from Randy Barnett, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law
    Oxford U. legal philosophy sites here and here
    U. of Texas law and philosophy program

    Robert George, What Is Law? A Century of Arguments (First Things, April 2001)
    J. Budziszewski, The Revenge of Conscience (First Things, June/July 1998)
    J. Budziszewski, Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law reviewed (First Things, Nov. 1997)  

     Dictionary of the History of Ideas (UVa)
     Thoemmes Encylcopedia of the History of Ideas

     Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
     Meta-Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (search engine for on-line philosophy encyclopedias)

     WWW Virtual Library: Philosophy     
     Hippias philosophy search engine 

     Philosophy Bro (like hanging out at the Pike house)

     American Philosophical Association resources for undergraduates  
     Philosophy Around the Web by Peter King
     Sean's One-Stop Philosophy Shop (click on heading at top left side of the page)
     Plato and His Dialogues
     The Radical Academy: Philosophy, Politics, and the Human Condition
     Philosophy since the Enlightenment by Roger Jones
     Utilitarianism Resources

     Experimental Philosophy

     Blackwell Publishers' philosophy page
     Wadsworth Publishers' philosophy page
     Routledge Publishers' philosophy page

     The Philosophers' Magazine
     Philosophy News
     Philosophy Now, "a magazine of ideas"
     Pathways to Philosophy distance learning programs
           Ask a Philosopher  
     Society for Philosophical Inquiry, begun by the author of Socrates' Cafe
     John Searle interviewed, defends "free speech, free inquiry, and the Enlightenment" (Reason, Feb. 2000)
     Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library
     Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 

    Elucidations (U. of Chicago philosophy podcasts)
    Philosophy Talk (Stanford U. audio programs)
            Philosophy Talk blog
    Philosophy Bites podcasts (Nigel Warburton)
            Podcasts of Warburton's book, Philosophy: The Classics
            Virtual Philosopher blog

    List of 172 of the most common logical fallacies, from the IEM
    Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies, informal logic
    The Fallacy Files, mostly informal logic
    Constructing a Logical Argument, informal logic
    Logic Primer, formal logic from Texas A&M
    Introduction to Logic (Oxford U.)

    Free online course from Carnegie Mellon U: Logic & Proofs

    The Critical Thinking Community
    Critical Thinking on the Web   

    The Ism Book: A Field Guide to the Nomenclature of Philosophy

J.   "GREAT BOOKS" AND OTHER LITERARY / GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS   

    My page of literary links

    Real Clear Books

    Arts & Letters Daily

    Story of the Week    
   
    Information Please Almanac  (includes encyclopedia & dictionary)
    Encyclopedia.com
    Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed. 2000-04)

    Internet Public Library
    Librarians Index to the Internet
    RefDesk.com
    Answers.com "online dictionary, encyclopedia, and much more"
    How Stuff Works

    Library of Congress's Annotated List of Reference Websites   

    Encyclopedia Britannica Concise
    The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911 edition

    Center for the Study of the Great Ideas  (founded by Mortimer Adler)
    College Great Books Programs (by William Casement)
    Vancouver Island U. great books program

    Bartleby: Great Books Online
    The Harvard Classics ("The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume '5-foot shelf of books' and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.")
   Project Gutenberg ("20,000 free ebooks")
    Electronic Text Center (UVa)
    On-Line Literature Library
    On-Line Books Page (U. of Penn.)
    Eserver.org  (Iowa State)
    ReadPrint ("your free online library")
    The Literature Network ("online classic literature, poems, and quotes")
    WikiSource ("an online library of free content")

    LibriVox ("provides free audiobooks from the public domain")

    American Writers (C-SPAN)
    BookTV (C-SPAN2)
    Booknotes (C-SPAN)
    Wired for Books (Ohio U.'s literary audio site)
    Between the Covers (National Review Online audio)

    NY Times Book Review requires free registration.  Once included first chapters of hundreds of books; this no longer seems to be the case.
    Washington Post Book World
    Times Literary Supplement (UK)
    London Review of Books
    NY Review of Books
    The New Republic
    The Writer's Almanac  (NPR)
    The New Criterion
       -- its blog

     LitQuotes ("quotations from the great works of literature")
     Quoteland 

    Great map/satellite photo sites:
       Google Maps
       Yahoo Maps Beta
       National Geographic maps
       Bing maps

    Statistical Abstract of the United States (excerpts & tables)
    2010 Census (official site)      
       2000 Census   (official site)
       American Factfinder (census gateway, easy-to-use)
    StateMaster (hours of fun!)
    City-Data.com (mostly census data, but presented in very useful format)
    ePodunk (ditto, includes collection of old postcards)
 
    National Opinion Research Center (U. of Chicago)
    Rasmussen Reports (opinion polling)  
 
    CIA World Factbook
    Library of Congress, Country Studies  

    Telegraph (UK) obituaries
 
    Internet Archive
 
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