"Among 800 books on politics these two stand out."

Lucian, James and Neema to raise your power level beyond authority

If you have read my first article Less than ten Books to get to know IPN you probably remember "The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom" now this shall be your primer on Machiavellian thought. Neema Parvini, god bless him, has written a important compendium towards James Burnhams thought called "The Populist Delusion" both books are must-reads if you want to know how realpolitik works. Practical politics has with these two books proper theory next to the collected video essays of Lucian via the Freedom Alternative Network. Make sure that both of these books are in your library. I read around 800 books on politics. These two stand out, the rest not so much. No other honerable mentions I gonna put forward over stressing how important these two books are. Buy them read them, let the knowledge sit for a while and read them again.

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This classic work of political theory and practice offers an account of the modern Machiavellians, a remarkable group who have been influential in Europe and practically unknown in the United States. The book devotes a long section to Machiavelli himself as well as to such modern Machiavellians as Gaetano Mosca, Georges Sorel, Robert Michels and Vilfredo Pareto. Burnham contends that the writings of these men hold the key both to the truth about politics and to the preservation of political liberty.            The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump unleashed a wave of populism not seen in America since the Nixon era, which carried him into the presidency. Seen widely as a vindication of the people over elites, his failure to bring about any meaningful change was then seen as an aberration, a departure from a natural state where the people are sovereign and their representatives govern by their consent. This is the populist delusion. This book explodes that delusion. Beginning with the Italian elite school, Parvini shows the top-down and elite driven nature of politics by explicating one thinker per chapter: Mosca, Pareto, Michels, Schmitt, Jouvenel, Burnham, Francis, and Gottfried. The sobering picture that emerges is that the interests of the people have only ever been advanced by a tightly organized minority. Just as fire drives out fire, so an elite is only ever driven out by another elite. The Populist Delusion is the remedy for a self-defeating folk politics that has done the people a great disservice.

And now without further a though here have the noise of my literature notes for the Populist Delusion:

Ps: Honerable Mention is Luciano.