Brian Doherty (journalist)

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Brian Doherty is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 journalist. He is a Senior Editor at Reason
Reason (magazine)
Reason is a libertarian monthly magazine published by the Reason Foundation. The magazine has a circulation of around 60,000 and was named one of the 50 best magazines in 2003 and 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.- History :...

magazine. He is the author of This Is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground (Little, Brown, 2004), Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement (PublicAffairs
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, 2007) and Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment (Cato Institute
Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane, who remains president and CEO, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries, Inc., the largest privately held...

, 2008).

Before working for the Cato Institute in the early '90s, Doherty served as an intern at Liberty Magazine
Liberty (1987)
Liberty is a leading libertarian journal founded in 1987 by R. W. Bradford in Port Townsend, Washington, and currently edited from San Diego, California, by Stephen Cox...

and wrote on music and popular culture at The Independent Florida Alligator
The Independent Florida Alligator
The Independent Florida Alligator is the daily student newspaper of the University of Florida. The Alligator is the largest student-run newspaper in the United States, with a daily circulation of 35,000 and readership of over 52,000...

. As a student at the University of Florida
University of Florida
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, Doherty played bass
Bass guitar
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 in several punk rock
Punk rock
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 bands, including The Jeffersons and Turbo Satan. He founded Cherry Smash Records in 1993.

Doherty has said that he is a "principled nonvoter
Non-voting is a strategy employed by various radical libertarians and anarchists who wish to promote a free society yet who view voting to be either unethical or impractical...

" who has "been saved the embarrassment of ever having to feel any sense of responsibility, of even the smallest size, for the actions of any politician." He supports capitalist anarchism.

Doherty has written that so-called "Islamists" are "not a mortal threat to Western civilization ... and do not warrant the suppression of civil liberties
Civil liberties
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 or the huge cost, in lives and money, of the
War on Terror
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 wars waged by Bush
George W. Bush
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 and Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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External links

  • interview with Brian Doherty
  • Review of Radicals for Capitalism
  • Video of interview/discussion with Doherty by Will Wilkinson
    Will Wilkinson
    Will Wilkinson is a Canadian American libertarian writer. Until August 2010, he was a research fellow at the Cato Institute where he worked on a variety of issues including Social Security reform and, most notably, the policy implications of happiness research. He is currently working on a paper...

     on is a political, world events, philosophy, and science video blog discussion site in which the participants take part in an active back and forth conversation via webcam which is then broadcast online to viewers...

  • Charts and reviews of Doherty books,, Inc. is a multinational electronic commerce company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the world's largest online retailer. Amazon has separate websites for the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, and...