Jay Richards, assistant research professor of business, was interviewed in a Catholic World Report story on his book The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkein Got, and the West Forgot. See below.

The Political Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

From: Catholic World Report Date: Oct. 30, 2014

Dr. Jay W. Richards is co-author, with Dr. Jonathan Witt, of the new book, The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, published recently by Ignatius Press. Richards is Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and Executive Editor of The Stream. He is author and co-author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated and Indivisible , as well as Money, Greed, and God, The Privileged Planet and The Untamed God .

The Hobbit Party is a detailed study of the political principles and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien, focusing on how the famed author's beliefs about liberty and limited government shaped his work and grew directly from his theological vision of man and creation. "Richards and Witt have opened up an often ignored aspect of Tolkien's work," states Dr. Thomas Howard, "namely the sense in which his myth bespeaks a political and economic order that stands in stark, even violent, contrast to the presiding power structures that dominate this unhappy globe. It should be made required reading in all courses in political philosophy."


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