Heroes

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Reason's 35 Heroes of Freedom are the subject of this nice column by Bill Steigerwald in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review a couple of weeks ago:

Conservatives, especially social ones who believe in government spiritual engineering, will love half of Reason's choices and be stunned by the rest. They'll hate every laissez-faire thing the magazine says about culture, lifestyle choices and drug legalization.

Liberals, meanwhile, might approve of 15 percent of Reason's heroes and cheer its noninterventionist foreign policy. But they'll despise every favorable thing Reason says about free trade, globalization and technology.

But that's what libertarians always get—single-issue friends and enemies from across the spectrum. From both the Democrat left and Republican right, Reason's "radical" notions will always look like ideological and moral schizophrenia.

You can read the whole thing here.

So this holiday season, what better way to share the ideological and moral schizophrenia with your friends and loved ones than to give them a gift subscription to Reason?

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  1. Jean Bart,

    I’d take Foucault’s influence a lot more seriously if anyone could prove that they’d read him.

    The one pomo writer I’ve actually read with enjoyment is Stanley Fish, who writes in order to be undersood. The continental style, no offense meant, is way too abstruse for me.

  2. Kevin Carson,

    I’ve never read Foucault in English; but he seems fairly clear to me in French. In fact, his three volume History of Sexuality are likely some of his most easy to read works.

  3. Madonna and no Elvis Presley? There would be no Madonna without Presley.

    Martyrs are dead. I don’t think the tank guy died that day. I don’t remember that being reported, at least.

    Otherwise, pretty good list.

  4. The most glaring error was that you left out Foucault; gay liberation movements took much inspiration from his work on the History of Sexuality for example.

  5. Careful, I’m not sure I’d want to trumpet Richard Mellon Scaife’s endorsement too loudly! (Scaife, of course, is the publisher of the “Trib,” which has about as much journalistic credibility as Pravda did.)

  6. I wish people would stop helping Madonna out of the toilet.

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