Butler ShafferSunday, June 27, 2010
I came home from vacation to find something in my mailbox from a dear friend, great mentor, and proficient author/lecturer/scholar/popular writer, Butler Shaffer, one of the most solid (and admired) thinkers in libertarianism today.
A conversation came up between us wherein I mentioned I had not read his book Calculated Chaos, which was written in 1985. He and his wife, Jane, promptly sent me a copy. In breezing through it, I bet it will be his best book. Some quick highlights:
The Dedication reads: “To Dorothy’s dog, Toto, whose natural irreverence and skepticism exposed to the awestruck the human purpose at work behind the screen.”
Chapter titles = “Rallying Our Egos ‘Round the Flag” and “The Care and Feeding of the Cookie Cutter People.”
He told me the story of how he came to write it, which I found fascinating. I plan to be out in California in September, and I am planning to spend some time in Southern Cali with the Shaffers before I head up to NAPA. I’d like to do some video interviews with Butler to post to the web, and I’d especially like to talk about his writing and publishing of this book. Butler also has a fascinating view of leprechauns as being anarchists (!) that I’d like to capture in an interview. (Really.)
Here’s my copy: