David Boaz defends the libertarian movement, and Brian Doherty’s book thereon (previously blogged about here), against a review by David Leonhardt.
While I mostly agree with Boaz’s criticisms of Leonhardt, I have to say that the picture illustrating Leonhardt’s review was brilliantly chosen to match his thesis. “Not built,” indeed.
At some points in the NY Times review, it was hard to tell if they were criticizing the movement or the book.
The thing that impressed me the most about the Times review was something that I haven’t seen anyone else mention: that they were reviewing the book at all. Thirty, twenty, or possibly even ten years ago, the NYT would not have taken libertarianism seriously enough to bother attacking it. That’s progress, of a sort!
Now is it me, of does David Boaz look like Johnathan Quail Higgins from Magnum PI?
From now on, whenever I read him, that’s going to be the voice of the narrative…