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  • Originally published 09/12/2017

    Rules for Radicals

    Alan Wolfe

    A right-wing economist’s plan to rig democracy for the rich.

  • Originally published 06/18/2018

    Timeline for Democracy in Chains (Nancy MacLean)

    Liberty and Power

    A brief timeline... 6/13/17 - Democracy in Chains is published 6/25/17 - Russ Roberts publishes a short article on Medium, showing that MacLean appears to have intentionally edited a quotation by Tyler Cowen to alter its meaning. He offers her an opportunity to respond. 6/26/17 - MacLean replies, but instead of explaining her edits of the Cowen quote she attacks Roberts' motives on account of his relationship to Cowen. 6/27/17 - I publish a critique of MacLean's misuse of evidence about the Agrarian poets on HNN, a news aggregation website for academic history. The editor - with my express permission - extends her an invitation to respond. 6/28/17 - Jonathan Adler extends MacLean an invitation to answer the mounting criticisms of her book on the Volokh blog, then hosted by the Washington Post. 6/13/17 - Democracy in Chains is published 6/25/17 - Russ Roberts publishes a short article on Medium, showing that MacLean appears to have intentionally edited a quotation by Tyler Cowen to alter its meaning. He offers her an opportunity to respond.

  • Originally published 06/13/2018

    Errors in Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains (Spreadsheet)

    Liberty and Power

    For your reference purposes, here is a spreadsheet of documented factual errors, misrepresentations of evidence, and outright fabrications in Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains." As of right now the list stands at over 60 and is growing. Since she's back in the news with a new wave of book awards and scurrilous attacks on her critics, I figured it was time to make it sharable.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GxvYCKp9hxU9bAGVCMB6FIroBhs1O8a_UbaeO5voJRg/edit#gid=328911671

  • Originally published 07/18/2017

    On Buchanan's Intellectual History and MacLean's Missing Leviathan

    Liberty and Power

    Several defenders of Democracy in Chains have argued that the book's critics don't understand the methods and practices of "intellectual history." I argue here that the book fails as an intellectual history as well, because its author completely misses the central role that philosopher Thomas Hobbes played in Buchanan's body of scholarship.

  • Originally published 06/27/2017

    How Nancy MacLean Went Whistlin’ Dixie

    Liberty and Power

    In her new book about the origins of the radical right she claims that economist James M. Buchanan drew his inspiration from the segregationist poet Donald Davidson. But her story appears completely made up.