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The Essential Women of Liberty

For people looking for a fine introduction to the thought of a select group of women who have contributed to the cause of liberty, let me recommend The Essential Women of Liberty, coedited by Donald Boudreaux and Aeon J. Skoble, published by the Fraser Institute, with a foreword by Virginia Postrel. My dear friend Aeon informs me that the book is also available in hardcover and softcover editions.

The volume includes essays on Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Martineau, Rose Director Friedman, Mary Paley Marshall, Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, Ayn Rand (a nice essay by Carrie-Ann Biondi), Anna Schwartz, Jane Jacobs, Elinor Ostrom, and Deirdre McCloskey.

I am truly delighted by the remarkably diverse selection of thinkers featured in this anthology. Indeed, any volume that runs the gamut from Wollstonecraft and Rand to Jacobs and Ostrom is worth the price of admission.

Deirdre McCloskey is the only woman featured in this collection whom I’ve ever had the privilege of getting to know personally, having worked closely with her as a contributor to The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, which I coedited with Roger Bissell and Ed Younkins. (Indeed, a Facebook symposium dedicated to that anthology generated a colloquy on her delightful contribution, which appeared in the May 2020 issue of Poroi.)

The book is available as a PDF (for free) and in a Kindle edition (for a mere 99 cents!). Check out a nice YouTube video highlighting the collection …

Song of the Day #1943

Song of the Day: Levitating features the words and music of many writers, including Dua Lipa, who took the honors for this track, which was the #1 Billboard Hot 100 Single of 2021. What makes this feat so remarkable is that the song peaked only at #2 in its chart run. But it placed in the Top 40 for all 52 weeks of the chart year, including 41 weeks in the Top 10, a record for any song by a woman in the history of the Hot 100. It’s only the third song in the chart’s history to take #1 honors for the year since the chart originated, without ever having hit the Top of the Charts (the other two: Faith Hill‘s “Breathe” in 2000 and Lifehouse‘s “Hanging by a Moment” in 2001). From Dua Lipa‘s second studio album, “Future Nostalgia“, the song’s electro-disco beat and infectious melody lent itself to multiple remixes. Check out the original video, the video remix with rapper DaBaby (below), and the Blessed Madonna remix, featuring Madonna and Missy Elliot [YouTube links].