Brian Doherty (journalist)

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Brian Doherty
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Doherty in September 2012.
Born (1968-06-01) June 1, 1968 (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Author and editor
Nationality American

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, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Spin, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the San Francisco Chronicle.[1]

Before working for the Cato Institute in the early 1990s, 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,[1] 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."[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Staff: Brian Doherty, Senior Editor". Retrieved May 22, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Who's Getting Your Vote?". Reason. November 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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