#44 – Adam Smith, D.D. Raphael BOOK REVIEW

March 25, 2018

I have a low opinion of modern universities, which is hardly a controversial one to hold nowadays. There was a time when only a small proportion of the UK population attended higher education, being those who were from lower orders and had graduated grammar school due to intelligence and hard work, or those from the middle and upper classes who benefited from a private-school-to-university escalator system.

Either way, the end result was universities taught students towards the top 20% of academic ability. Then the communists came along and decided it should be 50%. Anyone who knew the Bell Curve could predict what happened next.

Before long, you got this

retards 2

Retards, yesterday

The modern university is now a Satanic institution. I don’t mean that literally. However, a modern university functions only to completely corrupt the younger generation. It turns the men into faggots, the women into whores, and all of them into mindless Marxist drones. More recently, it’s also been turning blacks into uppity racist vandals. Thanks Obama!

University is now something to avoid. Back when I graduated it had three things to recommend it to students:

  1. Tuition was paid by the taxpayer, as was a small maintenance grant
  2. The educational content was still pro-civilisation. Even the Sociology department was only half Marxists.
  3. A university degree helped get a professional job.

In 2018 it does none of those things. You finish university with massive debt, no prospects, and a head full of dogshit. So what does a young man do if he wishes to replicate the old-style classical education that university once delivered? Well, that’s easy. The internet changed everything.

There are many quality YouTube channels out there so you could do a lot worse than to follow Stefan Molyneaux, or Voxiversity, or the multitude of channels uploading Jordan Peterson courses. There are channels devoted to Medieval history, or warfare, or philosophy, or….. well, everything really. The only problem is in filtering the wheat from the chaff but I’ve already given you a good start. Decide what you’d like to study then schedule a “study course” with an hour or two every evening and a set “reading list” of lectures.

It’s really easy [1]

Past masters

Easy, I tell you!

For as much as I like YouTube and the explosion of blogs, there’s no substitute for reading and writing. There is something about the long-form book that can cover topics in greater detail and penetrate your brain deeper than simple video can. This was made especially vivid to me when reading a Jordan Peterson essay on the flip-side to reading: writing. It’s a fantastic essay and I thoroughly recommend it.

For Peterson, writing is thinking.

He begins by explaining that most students don’t realise why they are assigned essays. They treat them instrumentally, as the thing they need to do to get a grade. Peterson stresses that though this is what they’ve devolved too, originally they were a tool for learning:

“The primary reason to write an essay is so that the writer can formulate and organise an informed, coherent and sophisticated set of ideas about something important.”

Writing is inseparable from thinking, and actions based on good thinking will lead to far less painful outcomes than those based on muddled thinking. He builds a strong case for the why, for the reasons to want to develop your own writing (and thus thinking) capabilities. He then patiently leads the reader (it’s intended for his undergraduate students) through a methodology for essay writing. For me, it’s his theoretical and psychological observations between the technical advice that is most illuminating [2]

I don’t want to write more on his essay. They are Peterson’s insights and I don’t want to claim them as my own. Read the essay (second red link). You won’t regret it. Then come back to this post.

Jordan Peterson Jew Fears Tidy Room


Now you see why I’m engaged in Project High Value Man [3] and it is accomplished through massive amounts of reading and then writing an essay on every single book. These reviews are essays. I’m taking a point or two from the book and then organising my thoughts around it. This encourages me to read each book actively, with a student’s mind rather than an idle chump looking for easy entertainment. Even the pulpiest of pulp fiction can inspire thought on the deeper issues in life.

My Time Life history project was designed to reproduce the historical education I never received at university. I asked myself what did I most want to learn and the answer was “all of world history”. So I thought it through and prioritised breadth of learning over depth, determining to fit all the pieces of world history into my mental map first and only then choose particular themes to dive deep into.

I’m currently ten books through the twenty, so the breadth phase hasn’t yet finished. It’s a long term project and I just happened to take advantage of winter hibernation to get off to a fast start.

This book, Adam Smith from the Past Masters series [4], could fit nicely into a History Of Ideas course, should you wish to reconstruct a classical university education on that topic. I’m quite amazed at how easy it is to be spoon fed such incredible scholarship. The Past Masters series from Oxford University Press is all available on Amazon and Ebay, starting at 1p for paperbacks and £5 on Kindle. As of 1989 when my copy was published, the series had SIXTY FOUR volumes.

Past Masters list

Count ’em

They are short books, about 100 pages each. You could read one in a day, no problem. Imagine the potential. Read ONE Past Masters book per week, and write a short 1000-word essay on it when you’re done (if you blog it, I’ll link it). In one year you’ll have covered 52 of the world’s greatest minds [5]. Not just skimming them either, you’ll have really thought about them.

That’s no small thing, learning how 52 of the world’s greatest minds thought. And doing it in one year and costing only a couple of hundred pounds [6]

As I wrote in Daygame Infinite and elsewhere, I’d become a little disillusioned with Euro Jaunting. Though I was enjoying the day-to-day experience of chasing and clacking skirt, I was neglecting my more wolfish interests and slowly hollowing out. Thus when winter hibernation rolled around I decided to rededicate myself to my higher passions: literature, philosophy, history, and writing. I wanted to forestall my decline into a dunderheaded rabbit driving around chasing low-calibre skirt like its the only thing in life.

If you’d like to ignore everything I said about reading Past Masters and instead chase skirt like a dunderhead, then I’ve got just the book for you: Daygame Infinite. From April to October the dunderhead lifestyle is actually a whole load of fun.

Adam Smith D D Raphael

and this is pretty good too

[1] Of course you won’t actually do it, because that requires thinking and commitment, the lack of which is why you haven’t done anything before and won’t ever change.
[2] I’m already a very good writer. And a modest one.
[3] A somewhat tongue-in-cheek title
[4] Which, I realise now, I’m not actually going to review properly because I’ve gone off on such a tangent already. It’s very good, though.
[5] And if they write asking permission to do a Krauser volume, I’ll grant it
[6] But of course you won’t do it. Because you don’t really want to be high value. You just want to talk about it in blog comments.


  1. Some interesting links there Nick – I’ve just ordered two Past Masters Series: Adam Smith and Montaigne.

    I’ll have a look at Peterson’s essay – maybe it will encourage me to write an essay – something I haven’t done in 20+ years

    I already watch Stefan Molyneaux,and various videos from Jordan Peterson – but Voxiversity is new to me. If you can assist further in filtering the wheat from the chaff, then I’m all ears – so if there are any specific online course you recommend e.g. on history, warfare, etc then please let us know.

    One good YouTube history series I’ve watched a few of is: Yale medieval history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC8JcWVRFp8&list=PLOcL54wkxXT02IvEu09lmHY5ADnE4LcWE

  2. Nick, playing the devil’s advocate here, but the younger blog readership will wonder:

    “How will becoming a high value man through reading, writing, and thinking help me get laid with Younger, Hotter, Tighter girls? Isn’t that for nerds who don’t get laid?”

    Here it is, the question. I hope you think about how you’d answer that in some blog post with a solid argument.

    As Peterson said in a video you linked indirectly to, when you can present a solid argument, you are deadly.

    I am sure a short blog post answering that question will make your readers more exciting about your reviews, because they can see the link to how that gets them laid more. As you know, you’ve got to spoon feed people why they should change and what the benefits are if they choose to.

  3. Unfortunately you still need to have that line in your CV that you have a degree (besides stuff like summer internships etc).
    Even if you never talk about it in an interview, the HR department needs to see it there (prefarably followed by a “2.1” keyword) to move your application further, especially when fresh out of uni.

    Real problems begin when you decide to spend all this time and money on a degree that won’t really give you much (Eg. History of arts etc).

  4. I’ve written a couple of books about an interest of mine which are self-published on Amazon. The motivation to write them actually came from a desire to collect and organise information for my own benefit. I’m often surprised at the disproportionate positive reaction I’ve received from women when I tell them. Especially compared to my other activities and achievements. I’d go as far as to classify it as a separate sub-section of the ‘leader of men’ display of value. Teacher / scholar. Perhaps something you’ve encountered if or when you talk to women about the books you’ve written.

    BTW, is the 2nd edition of Infinite finished yet? [I’ll post on Mastery soon, when it’s closer to release. K.]

    • Krauser already teaches this, it’s called “Knowledge” in Daygame jargon.

      Knowledge is attractive. Intelligence is attractive. Experience is attractive. It’s not the only thing, but knowledge is a type of dominance.

      Plus, what we are waiting for is the 2nd edition of Mastery, Infinite is already perfect 😉

  5. Hey Nick, Do you have any plans to settle down, have children and raise a patriotic family anytime soon ? It seems a bit incongruent that you discuss the importance of saving western civilization yet seem reluctant to do your part.

  6. This specifically hits home for me:

    Thus when winter hibernation rolled around I decided to rededicate myself to my higher passions: literature, philosophy, history, and writing. I wanted to forestall my decline into a dunderheaded rabbit driving around chasing low-calibre skirt like its the only thing in life.

    I realized a little while ago that “game” was teaching me how to present an awesome man to certain types of women, but wasn’t necessarily growing me as a man. There are so many levels and layers, such a depth, to being a well rounded man.

    I rededicated myself to learning and growing all around, and not just as a sex machine. I feel a certain responsibility to help other men grow in the same way. I’ve been seeing a lot of Jordan Peterson around, but I haven’t really read anything of his yet. Suppose I’ll give it a go.

  7. TL;DR – how is reviewing poor quality literature that nobody has heard of in 50 odd years high value?

    You say you’re dedicating yourself to your higher passions but it seems that many of the books you’re reading are not any good, by your own admission. It’s not high value to spend your time not only reading crap literature, but then writing about it and posting your views online. Most of your reviews are of obscure books that many of your readers will not have heard of before. Then the books turn out to be rubbish and therefore as irrelevant as they were before you reviewed them.

    I get that you’re interested in writing and take your point about distilling thoughts through essay writing. But it doesn’t take a whole essay to say what’s good about a book/author. In fact, it doesn’t even take reading a whole book to tell what’s good or bad about an author. So why waste your time reading books that you don’t even think are good? And how is doing so high value?

    I’ve noticed a lot of comments on your recent posts from chodes who a) clearly don’t do daygame and b) praise you for turning your back on the ‘degeneracy’ of casual sex. I’ve been following your blog, reading your books, and doing daygame for years. In the course of reading your content I’ve learnt that it’s usually gammas and co. that hate today’s sexual mores. They’re the losers who can’t get laid but feel entitled to pussy for whatever reason. The guys who reframe their sexual irrelevancy as something other people are doing wrong. Your ‘Project High Value Man’ seems to be attracting scores of these weirdos to your blog. Bearing that in mind, along with my observation about the quality of your reading above, I have to think that what you’re doing isn’t high value at all. [I disagree. Of the 44 books, 9 were world history, 3 were Past Masters philosophy, there were a couple of other old historical accounts, and also a few ‘classics’. So nearly half were not “poor quality” literature. Even if you consider the others junk, which I don’t, I think a 40-50% hit-rate for quality books is reasonable, as is reading 50-60% just for fun. K.]

  8. Metaphysics comes first:

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