What was the '90s homeschooled-kid's treatise on American politics?
August 15, 2011 7:32 PM Subscribe
In the late 1990s a well-educated 18-year-old boy, homeschooled on a farm somewhere like West Virginia, published a book commenting on American society and politics from a classical perspective. His story was covered by major newsmagazines, and he went on to an Ivy League school. Who was he?
I vaguely recall it was supposed to be a serious, liberal book that talked about Jefferson and the Federalists, comparing their ideas to the current state of our culture, and used poli-sci words like "polity."
1. Was it any good? I could never tell if the attention came from his precociousness or a real intellectual quality.
2. Is it worth reading in 2011? In the age of Bachmann and Beck, are that guy's teenage thoughts and predictions still relevant?