Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Buchanan and Agrarianism – a revealing passage

| July 19, 2017

In James M. Buchanan’s autobiography¬†Better than Plowing, he offers a fascinating late-life reflection on a subject that he refers to as the country aesthetic. The discussion occurs in the 8th chapter of the book, which is about his reflections on life in old age. It’s a fascinating read and tells how Buchanan – at the […]

Nancy MacLean’s Calhounite Imagination

| June 29, 2017

In my last post I documented how Nancy MacLean, the author of the new book¬†Democracy in Chains, misused evidence to depict a non-existent intellectual debt between the economist James M. Buchanan and a group of pro-segregation Agrarian poets from Vanderbilt University. MacLean’s primary purpose in doing so was to prop up her own narrative, which […]