Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

How Nancy MacLean went whistlin’ Dixie

| June 27, 2017

If you read Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s new book Democracy in Chains, you will probably come away thinking that the late economist James M. Buchanan believed himself to be something of an intellectual heir to the Vanderbilt Agrarians of the 1930s. According to MacLean, these now-obscure southern literary figures were a main reason Buchanan wanted to go […]