The Politics of Dating

Nick Maandag’s self-published comic book The Libertarian starts humorously enough. The cocky libertarian narrator stretches the truth a bit in order to hook up with a beautiful, feminist, vegan socialist he meets doing yoga in the park. Hilarity (naturally) ensues. Things quickly get tiresome, though. The cocksure libertarian kicks over a newspaper box when headlines report a minimum wage increase. The lefty gal goes to boring rallies and has a friend named Guevara who looks exactly like Marx, and is as long-winded too.

Unfortunately, Maandag has little to offer beyond these basic caricatures. The unpleasant people in The Libertarian don’t do justice to the serious, high-stakes political views they represent. Sure, politics can make a dinner date awkward, but libertarianism—and even socialist leftist veganism—deserves subtler shades of gray than Maandag’s comic offers. —Lucy Steigerwald 

Find this and hundreds of other interesting books at the Reason Shop, powered by Amazon.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Progressive Puritans: From e-cigs to sex classifieds, the once transgressive left wants to criminalize fun.
  • Port Authoritarians: Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal
  • The Menace of Secret Government: Obama’s proposed intelligence reforms don’t safeguard civil liberties

SUBSCRIBE

advertisement