The Bad-Faith Defenders of Progressive Plagiarism

It’s been just over two weeks since I first called attention to signs of possible plagiarism in the works Kevin M. Kruse, a history professor and left-wing political commentator for MSNBC. Princeton University, where Kruse teaches, is reportedly conducting an investigation into the matter. Kruse’s Twitter feed, which normally contains a heavy stream of political …

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When activist historians redefine ‘plagiarism’ to protect their own

So it turns out that my earlier suspicions about possible academic integrity issues in Kevin M. Kruse’s scholarship were warranted. After finding hints of borrowed textual structures and word phrasing in a 2015 book by the Princeton historian, I decided to take a closer look at some of his other work. I turned to his …

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Did Kevin Kruse plagiarize an article from the New York Times?

Historian Kevin M. Kruse is perhaps best known as a contributor to the New York Times’s controversial 1619 Project, where he wrote an essay linking traffic congestion to the history of segregation. Yet it’s another connection to the New York Times that may put the Princeton University professor under the microscope – specifically his use …

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Oreskes & Tyson Present a Dishonest Picture of College Faculty Bias

In their recent essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Reactionary Propaganda Rides Again,” scholars Naomi Oreskes and Charlie Tyson take issue with my own analysis of faculty political ideology in the Chronicle (“Tenured Radicals are Real,” September 24, 2020). Unfortunately, most of their essay resorts to conspiratorial ad hominem attacks on me personally over …

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Was Abolitionism a Free-Market Triumph?

The Economic Historian blog has a fascinating discussion at the moment on the “New History of Capitalism” (NHC) school of historiography, and its attempts to grapple with the economic dimensions of slavery. I’ve been extremely critical of the NHC literature on account of its anti-capitalist ideological skew and its misuse of historical evidence, most recently …

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Buchanan and the MacLean controversy in retrospect: 1.5 years later

It’s been about a year and a half since Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains hit the bookstore shelves. Having been deeply involved in the controversy that followed from her depiction of economist James M. Buchanan, I’m happy to report that one of the main products of my own research on the subject (co-authored with Art Carden and …

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