Malcolm Reynolds

Malcolm Reynolds is a libertarian who focuses on foreign policy as the neglected face of the welfare/warfare state. He wrote for us under the standing series title Monsters to Destroy. All good FOTLDs should get that allusion!


• Science fiction — or speculative fiction, as I prefer to call it — is one of the few genres where libertarian themes can sometimes be detected; and that may be one reason why Establishment scribes tend to despise it. In a new "Monsters to Destroy" column, Mr. Reynolds takes a look at Joss Whedon's movie "Serenity" and does some perceptive detecting: "Fighting utopia in the black." (October 25, 2005)

• I've thought for a long time that TLD ought to feature some substantial commentary on J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork of the West. Kudos, then, to Mr. Reynolds, patriot of Middle Earth, who begins here with part one of his series "The Lord of the Rings and 'The Lord of the Rings': Orcs, elves, and government." (September 15, 2004)

• Mr. Reynolds doesn't think much of the science or the politics behind "The Day after Tomorrow": "Skating with barbarians." (June 2, 2004)

• In his first column for TLD, Mr. Reynolds sees "Eerie similarities" between our own nation-state and another one usually described as "former." (April 12, 2004)