Brian Doherty (journalist)
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Doherty in September 2012.
June 1, 1968 |
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Brian Doherty (born June 1, 1968) is an American journalist. He is a Senior Editor at Reason 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, 2007), Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment (Cato Institute, 2008), and Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired (Broadside Books, 2012).
Doherty has written articles published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Spin, National Review, Weekly Standard, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Before working for the Cato Institute in the early '90s, Doherty served as an intern at Liberty Magazine and wrote on music and popular culture at The Independent Florida Alligator. As a student at the University of Florida, where he received a degree in journalism, Doherty played bass in several punk rock bands, including The Jeffersons and Turbo Satan. He founded Cherry Smash Records in 1993.
Doherty has said that he is a "principled nonvoter" 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."
Doherty has written that so-called "Islamists" are "not a mortal threat to Western civilization ... and do not warrant the suppression of civil liberties or the huge cost, in lives and money, of the wars waged by Bush and Barack Obama."
- Booktv.org interview with Brian Doherty
- Review of Radicals for Capitalism
- Irfan Khawaja, Review of "Radicals for Capitalism" (and two other books), Reason Papers 31 (Fall 2009)
- Video of interview/discussion with Doherty by Will Wilkinson on Bloggingheads.tv
- Charts and reviews of Doherty books, Amazon.com