- by Gitabushi
At one point, I estimated that about 40% of my political opinion came from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit. He’s pretty smart, he’s a Law Perfessor, he’s a libertarian, he’s a musician with synesthesia. Not exactly dumb.
Another 20% came from Jim Geraghty. Maybe another 10% came from Jonah Goldberg.
What I mean is, they summed up conservative thought in a pithy sentence that condensed a bunch of concepts into an easily-applied touchpoint.
For example, Glenn Reynolds is credited for Reynold’s Law:
“Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them.”
He also was the first place I saw that explained some of the confusing policy decisions from government as “Less opportunity for graft.” Which makes perfect sense, when you think about it.
Geraghty and Goldberg have fallen in my esteem. I think neither really grasped the Trump phenomenon. At the very least, neither grasped it as well as Glenn Reynolds did.
And, full disclosure, I was NeverTrump until about 3 November. I really considered voting for Hillary Clinton, I hated Trump that much. But I have been pleasantly surprised…much of the explanation for that is here:
All of this is to explain why I really think you should purchase and read his latest book:
Full disclosure: I don’t think I’ve *ever* finished a non-fiction book before. I usually get the idea of what they are saying, get bored, and stop.
Not this book.
It *is* pretty short, but it is chock full of ideas. I found it stimulating my thought throughout, whether in the introduction, thesis, explanation, application, or conclusion.
It really explains the Front Row vs Back Row mentality that characterizes the current political realignment. If you want to be ready for what happens next, you should read this book.
I think it well worth your time, and well worth your money.