Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

About MacLean and the matter of John C. Calhoun

| December 10, 2017

Several months ago when I first entered the discussion about Nancy MacLean’s book¬†Democracy in Chains, I called attention to her misuse of historical evidence to write pro-slavery theorist John C. Calhoun into the intellectual lineage of economist James M. Buchanan. MacLean’s claim struck me as odd at the time, because Calhoun’s name does not appear […]

Why Universities have shifted to the political left in the past 20 years

| December 3, 2017

University faculty ranks have long been thought of as bastions of the political left, and with good reason: sizable majorities of professors self-identify as modern liberal or left-leaning in their politics. This trend dates back to the first comprehensive faculty survey on political leanings in 1969. The leftward tilt of college professors used to be […]