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Jeff Riggenbach (born January 12, 1947) is an American libertarian journalist, author, editor, and broadcaster.
Educated at the University of Houston and California State University, Dominguez Hills, Riggenbach began working in
journalism and broadcasting while still a student. Over a period of nearly thirty years (1966-1995), he worked in classical
and all-news radio in Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as a writer, anchor, producer, and book and music critic;
contributed articles and reviews to numerous daily newspapers, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los
Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Washington
Times; held staff writing positions on two of California's largest dailies, the Oakland Tribune and the Orange County
Register; served as executive editor of Libertarian Review and as managing editor of the Pacific Business Review; put in
two years as the daily economics commentator for CNN Radio; and served as a contributing editor of several magazines,
including Reason, Inquiry Magazine, and Liberty Magazine. Throughout the 1980s, he produced the nationally
syndicated daily radio programs "Byline" (well known as the radio home during the '80s of Nicholas Von Hoffman, Nat
Hentoff, Michael Kinsley, Julian Bond, Howard Jarvis, and U.S. Senator William Proxmire) and "Perspective on the
Economy." Since the dawn of the new century, he has written increasingly for publication on the Internet, most notably
on LewRockwell.com, AntiWar.com, and RationalReview.com.
He has long been associated with various libertarian think tanks and foundations, creating, managing, or working on
special projects for the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, the Center for Independent Thought, and the Ludwig von
Mises Institute, among others. In 2005 he was named a senior fellow of the Randolph Bourne Institute.
Riggenbach's first book, In Praise of Decadence (1998), argued that the baby boomers turned out to be far more
libertarian in their personal philosophy than had been expected. His second book, Why American History Is Not What
They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism (2009), argued that political events and trends in late 20th Century America
had led to a rebirth of popular interest in revisionist accounts of American history.
Since 1992, Riggenbach has forged a busy second career as a narrator of audio books on political, economic, and
historical subjects for a number of producing organizations and audio publishers, most notably Blackstone Audio of