Jeff Riggenbach’s audio essays on the libertarian tradition are outstanding. I became fully aware of them only this past week and downloaded them to an iPod. My commute to my campus is an hour each way, and while I have enjoyed many lectures and interviews over the past few years – Lew’s interviews, Antiwar’s ‘radio’ show, presentations by Bob Higgs, Hans Hoppe, Ralph Raico, Murray Rothbard, FEE, Russ Roberts’ EconTalk, even Bob LeFevre – this series by Jeff has been a ‘peak experience’ for me. In interviews, I always wish that I could ask the questions, and listening to lectures is sometimes irritating when you cannot see the slides or maps.
Jeff’s essays are the absolute best because he is erudite, they’re written to be read out loud, and Jeff is the best announcer out there for this kind of stuff. He has decades of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and immense credibility with me. He will think I’m kissing up for some reason but my enthusiasm could not be more genuine. Thirty years ago, the late Jeffrey St. John and I sat in a restaurant on Capitol Hill in D.C. and conceived a radio show that would explain libertarian ideas, philosophy, and history in a scholarly but wholly accessible way. This week, as I’ve been listening to Jeff’s essays on Ayn Rand, J.R. Tolkien, Cass Sunstein, etc., I was taken back to that idea that Jeffrey and I imagined. This project of Jeff’s is, without a doubt, the closest thing to it – and, in honesty, even better. Thanks to the Mises Institute for making it available to the ‘remnant’ out here.