So, the alma mater graduates ignoramuses
It’s sad, but it’s true.
As Kathy Shaidle points out, via Stacy McCain, a Princeton senior at Newsweek could not do the elementary due diligence necessary to find out that The Road To Serfdom was a popular best-seller in its time, although it had to be — as was the case with almost every bit of intellectual thought of the time that was not on the radical left — filtered through Reader’s Digest.
As a matter of intellectual history, Reader’s Digest was the premier American anti-Communist journal of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s.
Given what we now know about those decades, you would think that this would be a matter of shame for the more prominent intellectual journals of the day, but … the only people who know it either were the guilty ones on the left, or the few intellectually honest sorts who look into it. (See, Princeton redeems herself with Fleming!)
I didn’t read Hayek till a couple years after college — but I’ve never met an easier read. I read The Road to Serfdom in a couple of hours. Reads like Tolstoy — like a hot knife through butter.
I’d advise that college senior to read Fleming’s book — she might learn something.
Incidentally: Glenn Beck is a bibliophile.
Any semi-regular listener or viewer knows that.