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We often discuss the best ways to try and “red pill” individuals who have not necessarily become aware of the forces that imperil our civilization, or who have been deceived into believing in the post-national, post-racial, gender-neutral vision of “equality.” Maybe they have some awareness that things are bad and that the races and sexes are fundamentally different, but they don’t quite have all of the pieces of the puzzle. Jumping into the JQ with someone who doesn’t realize that Islam is not a religion of peace is a recipe for disaster; think about how you came to the conclusions that you ultimately did. Or, if you came to this site knowing in your bones something in today’s world is off, that what you are told and what you see in the media is not the reality you live and observe but you can’t quite put your finger on it, or perhaps the picture looks a little fuzzy but you can make out the general shape of what ails our society, the following are great books that will hopefully bring that picture into focus and allow you to “zoom out” in order to see the big picture.

If you are looking for a handy reading list to red-pill friends, partners, or relatives, this is a good one (obviously!) that will ideally “prime” the individual for eventually accepting the whole truth. They may reject the reality—recall that only the young and receptive were taken out of the Matrix in the film for others’ minds were too entwined with the simulated reality and they could not accept what they were seeing and experiencing. Obviously “red pilling” isn’t only for the young, but there are many people who are closed to understanding the real truth of what’s going on and would reject these premises and findings, despite their factual reality, as “hate.” Also remember, even though Neo took the red pill, it took time for him to grasp not only what was outside The Matrix in reality (spoiler alert: or, ultimately, not…), but for him to realize the extent of his true capabilities. With that in mind, I recommend these texts in this order (the list is based loosely on both my own “red-pilling” experience and having successfully “red pilled” several others roughly following this progression):

STOP if you haven’t read the Constitution, and then come back when you have.

Peter Brimelow-Alien Nation (1996)

Written during the mid-90s “thaw” on political correctness, Brimelow’s excellent work catalogues immigration’s true cost to the Republic from all angles—from social cohesion to economic expenditure. He addresses and adroitly refutes all of the common pro-immigration arguments in convincing fashion. Though some of the numbers are dated, all one need do is extrapolate (which shows the urgency of getting the immigration situation under control all the more).

Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein-The Bell Curve (1996)

Another “thaw” book, the exhaustive research of Murray and Herrnstein definitively proves that group differences are real, and that “cognitive stratification” is a far more compelling explanation for disparate outcomes in America than the bogeymen of “racism” and “discrimination.” Despite the “outcry,” does not dwell much on IQ disparities between the races, but is indispensable in proving the heritability of intelligence and its being the primary cause of social stratification and the achievement gap in an increasingly cognitively-intensive economy. If people can’t accept that different groups will necessarily have different outcomes, they will forever remain stunted.


Jim Goad-The Redneck Manifesto (1998)

A brilliant, funny, and often savage de-construction of the liberal “blind-spot” of poor and working-class “white trash.” It seems their compassion knows no bounds unless it is the brick-and-mortar of America. Major red pills regarding white slavery/indentured servitude, as well as some prescient thoughts on “hate speech.” Illustrates that the present struggle is as much class-based as it is race- or sex-based. Tonally shows you don’t have to be stodgy and uptight if you are “right wing.”

Ilana Mercer-Into the Cannibal’s Pot (2011)

Detonates the myth of South Africa as a “Rainbow Nation”; from racial hiring quotas to economic sanctions and land expropriations that target whites to sky-high murder rates, Mercer offers her homeland as a case study on what the United States will become if it continues on its present trajectory—and it is grim.

Dr. Bill Warner’s The Foundations of Islam and Political Islam Self-Study Courses

If you really want to know what Islam is all about, I recommend these titles as highly as possible. They lay everything about the foundations of the religion out in clear, concise detail, and make clear that Islam is—and has always been since Muhammad’s exile from Mecca—a religion of violence, not peace. Also crucially addresses the Islamic practice of taqiyah, which is a divinely-sanctioned deception of non-believers in order to advance the goals of Islam, which, ultimately, are to conquer and subjugate the entire planet. Women and kafir (non-believers, who are scripturally analogous to feces) are to be second-class citizens, and where necessary, the kafir are to be exterminated. Finally, Warner has structured his self-study course by levels, one through four, which is helpful and allows you to build on the material from introductory to advanced (and now you know where I got the idea for this article from!)


Douglas Murray-The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (2017)

Explains in great detail not only the historical context for Europe’s “migrant crisis”—as well as outlines the principle actors in the British and European Union political establishment and the ramifications of the “crisis”—but gets into the philosophical realm by questioning what existential malaise plagues (Western) Europe to the point where it appears to be committing a slow suicide.

Laura Kipnis-Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus (2017)

Yes, she’s a feminist, but that is irrelevant; this book chronicles the descent into madness on college campuses regarding neo-Victorianism and the prudish, witch-hunt climate brought about by an over-weaning administration and un-checked Cultural Marxism in the bloated bureaucracies of the universities across the country which have essentially robbed women of all agency and created a situation where simply an accusation of sexual assault is enough to ruin a man’s life. It is a tale of the abuses of Title IX, of speech and behavior commissars, and of the paranoia and fear that now govern both the on-campus environment in general, and male-female relations both on and off-campus.

Ashley McGuire-Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female (2017)

McGuire addresses all of the areas adversely affected by the quixotic quest to attain the often-conflicting goals of “gender parity” and “gender neutrality” from the military to sports, and underscores the ramifications of the implementation of an ideology utterly divorced from biological reality, highlighting the negative consequences on every major facet of our lives. Indeed, as with selection #10, there are a great many unintended consequences that are readily apparent to those who understand the inherent differences. As stated, gender equity and neutrality are often at odds with each other, and inevitably lead to convolution then destruction. Finally, McGuire presaged the #MeToo hysteria in her chapter on Hollywood hypocrisy.

Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn-American Greatness (2017)

Very Tucker Carlson-esque; through the prism of the 2016 presidential election, the authors take a macro view on how the so-called “elites” missed the Trump Phenomenon, so divorced are they from both what the American people in general believe, and the founding principles of the United States as a nation and what it truly represents. They address current issues, especially issues of citizenship and immigration, from a Constitutionally-oriented perspective, which is what we as Americans are supposed to do, and provide a blueprint for the way forward for the GOP as an explicitly pro-American party.

Jean Raspail-The Camp of the Saints (1973)

This is the novel that most fully encapsulates the ennui engulfing our civilization, and it offers a harrowing view of a future (or, indeed, present) where the West, unwilling and/or unable to defend itself, is led to the precipice of oblivion. Extremely disconcerting in its accuracy. This haunting novel will stick with you long after you’ve finished. That said, it is only a black pill if you let it be a black pill.

Michael Levin-Why Race Matters (1997)

Addresses the biological basis of racial differences and what the ramifications of ignoring the fundamental realities of these differences are for society at large, particularly our present multi-cultural one. From IQ to criminality, it’s here.

Richard Lynn-Race Differences in Intelligence: Second Edition (2015)

Another empirically-based, detailed, well-researched, and comprehensive text regarding the fundamental differences between the races with, as the title explains, a particular emphasis on differences in cognitive ability.


The Next Step:

  • Jared Taylor-White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century (2011)
  • Ricardo Duchesne-Faustian Man in a Multicultural Age (2017)
  • Sam Francis-Essential Writings on Race (2007)
  • Kevin MacDonald-The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Revised Edition, 2002)
  • Robert Heinlein-Starship Troopers (1959)
  • Randy Roach-Muscle, Smoke, and Mirrors (2008)
  • Michael Hart-Restoring America (2015)
  • Thomas Goodrich-Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947 (2014)
  • Alison Weir-Against Our Better Judgement: The Hidden History of How the US was Used to Create Israel (2014)
  • Michael Hoffman-They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America (1993)


  • Revilo P. Oliver-The Jewish Strategy (2001)
  • William Gayley Simpson-Which Way Western Man? (1978)
  • Maurice Samuel-You Gentiles (1924)
  • Lothrop Stoddard-The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man (1922)
  • Stephen Mitford Goodson-A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind (2017)
  • Henry Ford-The International Jew (1920-21)
  • Michael Hoffman-Judaism’s Strange Gods:Revised and Expanded (2011)
  • Richard E. Harwood-Did Six Million Really Die? (1974)
  • Hilaire Belloc-The Jews (1922)
  • Oswald Spengler-The Decline of the West (1918)


John Q. Publius

by John Q. Publius

John Q. Publius writes for Republic Standard and runs the blog The Anatomically Correct Banana.