Six Faces of Right-Wing Chain-Forging Economist James Buchanan... Steven Teles inquired why I liked Will Wilkinson's essay [How Libertarian Democracy Skepticism Infected the American Right](https://niskanencenter.org/blog/libertarian-democracy-skepticism-infected-american-right/)...Show More Summary
Huffington Post: “The Democratic Party of James Buchanan, from 1855-1860, appeared ? on the surface ? to be ascendant in the American politics of the day. They controlled the presidency, majorities in the Congress and the majority of state legislatures [...]
Andrew Koppleman, professor of law at Northwestern, offers a strong critique of Nancy McLean’s Democracy in Chains. The book argues that the economist James M. Buchanan was an enemy of the Brown decision and took Koch funding in an attempt to develop the intellectual tools to fight Brown. The book was discussed briefly on this blog. […]
And then, [James] Buchanan offers a brief comment on his views on education and school vouchers. Critically, he voices reservations about the introduction of vouchers. Why? Because, as he writes, he is concerned “somehow, to avoid the...Show More Summary
Nobel laureate James Buchanan has been in the news lately, especially because of a book that seeks to link his 7000 pages of economic writing to both Dixiecrat segregationists and Charles Koch’s secret plan “to radically alter our government...Show More Summary
Weekend Reading: This serves as a good index of how much Milton Friedman's redefinition of "neutral monetary policy" to mean "whatever monetary policy keeps nominal GDP on its trend growth path" led people prone to motivated reasoning...Show More Summary
In “Democracy in Chains,” Nancy MacLean digs into the work of the economist James McGill Buchanan, who paved the way for our current political moment.
The Buchanan-MacLean Controversy The book, Democracy in Chains (with an even more lurid subtitle) by Nancy MacLean, a respected (until now) historian at Duke University makes a strong argument that the late James M. Buchanan of UVa, VaTech, and George Mason was the crucial link between the ancient states right racism of John C. Calhoun […]
The book, Democracy in Chains (with an even more lurid subtitle) by Nancy MacLean, a respected (until now) historian at Duke University makes a strong argument that the late James M. Buchanan of UVa, VaTech, and George Mason was the crucial link between the ancient states right racism of John C. Show More Summary
Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must- and Should-Reads: Weekend Reading: James M. Buchanan (1970): The “Social” Efficiency of Education Nick Bunker: Measuring potential GDP in the United States, and the case for emphasizing demand in monetary policy: "Olivier Coibion... Show More Summary
You have to be able to hold in your mind two things at once in order to understand economist James M. Buchanan: 1. He was a total loon: a strong believer in the de Maistrean trinity of Patriarchy, Orthodoxy, Autocracy as necessary for society—essential Noble Lies. Show More Summary
The ongoing discussion of Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan’s work, occasioned by the publication of a new and controversial book, helps focus attention on Buchanan’s role in political science. Along with William Riker and Anthony Downs, Buchanan was central in bringing the tools of economic analysis to the study of politics. One thread of discussion, […]
Controversy has recently arisen around James M. Buchanan, the economist and Nobel laureate who died in 2013, because of the book “Democracy in Chains” by Nancy MacLean. MacLean calls Buchanan “the missing piece of the puzzle” to understanding the rise of the “radical right.” Responding to MacLean’s claim that Buchanan’s ideas helped justify a “return to oligarchy,” […]
The Little Friends of Printmaking Melissa and James Buchanan talk during Comic-Con about keeping things fun.
UH, EVERYTHING? What Nancy MacLean Gets Wrong About James Buchanan.
In Democracy in Chains, a new book about Nobel Prize winning economist James Buchanan's role in a sinister conspiracy to undermine democracy, Duke historian Nancy MacLean makes numerous controversial claims, often with little evidence to back them up. Show More Summary
A Q&A with author Nancy MacLean about the elusive James McGill Buchanan. Author Nancy MacLean has unearthed a stealth ideologue of the American right. Her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan...Show More Summary
Author Nancy MacLean has unearthed a stealth ideologue of the American right. Her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, tells the story of one James McGill Buchanan, a Southern political scientist and father of “public choice economics.”...