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Best Selling Author Tom Wolfe: "I wrote in Ron Paul."

Tom Wolfe, great journalist and novelist of American manners, chronicling at his best America's heroic pioneers of inner space (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) and outer space (The Right Stuff) tells Reason Contributing Editor Michael Moynihan over at the Daily Beast who he voted for in 2012:

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Not a very engaging interview.

But loved hearing that Mr. Wolfe wrote in Ron Paul.

I remember reading Electric KoolAid Acid Test in my late teens. Very engaging writer, of course. Bonfire Of The Vanities has become a contemporary classic, and a very insightful book on New York City.

A very interesting little book of his is "From Bauhaus To Our House." While a pretty narrow subject (architecture), it is a very perceptive analysis of one aspect of the modern collectivist movement.

Hearing he voted for Dr. Paul was great, and cheered me up considerably.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Radical Chic & Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers.

Great social commentator.

Great minds think alike.

Thanks for posting.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test free online


History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If only the interviewer was more interested

in understanding Wolfe's actual politics, and asked him about his Ron Paul write-in, instead of being mostly interested in trying to showcase how much BS jargon he picked up while in college, before he graduated a few months ago.

Speaking certain names at Reason employees is forbidden.

Ron Paul, Mises, Rothbard and Rockwell are on the short list.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Why is that?

Internecine rivalry?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Is it a two way street?

Does Lew Rockwell ever link to Reason?

They have some interesting articles.

Tom Woods explains some here:


Rothbard started the Cato Institute. Koch Brothers at first supported the effort than ousted Rothbard and any Rothbardians while refusing to compensate Rothabrd even with his original stocks.

I don't know how much interplay there is between Reason and LRC. I find LRC far more reasonable, but my history with LRC and Antiwar.com started in 2001. The rest is hearsay.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Who is behind Reason?

Aside from "The Reason Foundation"

Michael, I can't answer to your question regarding funding.

Justin Raimondo has been following these intellectual trends for decades.

He uses the terms beltway "libertarians" disparagingly. See here.

I met Justin in Ann Arbor, I posted a comment about it on DP.

Free includes debt-free!

So Cato is cointelpro, kind of?

Rupert Murdoch is on their board of trustees or board of directors...I forget which...and too lazy to look it up, since it doesn't matter to me; I already knew Cato was a sham when they didn't support Ron Paul in 2008.

Planned opposition is likely, at some level.

Are they government subsidized is another question.

But they did support Bob Barr in 2004...

Free includes debt-free!

A political convert that wrote in Ron Paul.

I love it.

jrd3820's picture

If you have a minute

And have not already done so, read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Nice find, thanks for the post.

On The Road

If you've read neither, I'd read _On The Road_ by Kerouac first. EKAT is in a sense a sequel to that one (continuing adventures of Neal Cassady).

Michael Nystrom's picture

Never read it - have always wanted to

But I know it will take me (at least) more than a minute.

Yeah, I have heard his books are good and just bought it

to read having seen this yesterday.

It isn't long, but I'm sure it will take more than a minute, as well...

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

I need to reread it

It was given to me by a train hobo in Pocatello, ID at a random meeting at a gas station, with the specific instruction to read it and paint it on. He was the the intrepid traveler.

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Ok, I read really fast. I was a lit major in undergrad and I was trained to read fast. Hopefully you can get to it though, it is a fun one.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I'll pick it up at the library tomorrow

(I have some overdue books), then I'll add it to the stack of the 10 books I'm reading simultaneously. Sometimes one shoots to the top and actually gets finished :)

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (free online)

Here is the link. Thanks for all you do and have done Michael.


It is downloadable as well.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thanks - I will check it out

The library didn't have it, but I put a hold in for it.

Seems difficult to read a book on the computer, though. But I'll give it a shot.

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Tom Wolfe is a free thinker. I'm not surprised at all he voted for Ron Paul.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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