The latest installment of Max BordersIdeas Matter update features a promotion for George Mason economist Donald Boudreaux‘s new book, Hypocrites & Half-Wits.

You want to work your ultra-liberal friends into a tizzy? What about your stoggy protectionist buddies? Nowhere will you find reasoned economic, and dare-I-say ethical, thinking carried out with such confidence and concision.

Boudreaux’s letters are a collection of equal-opportunity skewerings that will keep your friends chatting around the water cooler. Set the book by the porcelain throne and a letter-a-day will keep you entertained for months. Give it to your friends and family as a birthday gift or a gag gift (depending). If you like the idea of painting mustaches on idols, then you’ll love the way Boudreaux combines rapier wit with solid economic logic.

Hypocrites and Half-Wits is a breath of fresh air — especially for subscribers to those steaming piles of punditry known as the Washington Post, New York Times, and Boston Globe. This collection is a delightful read. Think Milton meets Mencken.