What to Expect Update
March 28th, 2013




Reason’s Nick Gillespie reviews What to Expect for BookForum. My favorite line:

Despite his preference for the way things used to be, Last writes not with vitriol or bitterness but with something like pleasant exasperation.



  1. Galley Friend J.E. March 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    True, for now. The over-under on when he reaches the get-0ff-my-damn-lawn crank stage is 2019.

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  3. Jeff March 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I think it was Thoreau who said that “the mass of men lead lives of pleasant exasperation”.

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  5. troy garrett March 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Well liberals are reading your book. I reread the book again today and I am still not convinced this is a problem. For example when you predict that Europe will go from 750 million to 400 million you offer a citation, but when you say that is scary you do not say why it is scary. I read the arguments about a labor shortages again those also had no citations. and well 16%+ youth unemployment in all these low birth countries that should have a labor shortage. that is a fact that is easy to look up type youth unemployment in Google.

    Even though I am a liberal I will buy books from Mr. Last again because he is a good writer. He makes what ever he is writing about interesting and fun even if he is unconvincing.

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  7. Will Truman March 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I am in the process of moving with an infant (We’re doing our part! Okay, we only have one, but we’re hoping to!), but I really look forward to reading the book when I get a chance. I definitely appreciate the way that you’ve approached the issue in the interviews that I’ve watched. It’s made it much easier to show to my not-naturally-sympathetic friends.

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  9. Galley Friend J.E. March 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    That was Turow.

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  11. Joe Sixpack March 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Nick Gillespie is an example of Gramsci’s long march through the institutions. He does less for libertarianism than the dude who shouts about how everyone is going to hell on the local college campus.

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  13. troy garrett March 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    so true nothing turns a casual christian in to an atheist faster than some guy who wants us to go to hell.

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