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Duke History Professor Nancy MacLean Says Influential Libertarians Were 'on the Autism Spectrum'

Duke History Professor Nancy MacLean Says Influential Libertarians Were 'on the Autism Spectrum'

MacLean, the author of the controversial book Democracy in Chains, argued in a lecture last week at New York City’s Unitarian Church of All Souls that libertarianism is void of empathy because influential architects of the ideology were “on the autism spectrum.”

MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains, a biography of economist James Buchanan, invited a wave of controversy following its publication.

Last week, during her event in New York City, MacLean fielded a question from a member in the audience about Buchanan’s alleged disdain for the poor.

In response, MacLean argued that the architects of libertarianism found difficulty in empathizing with others because a significant number of them were “on the autism spectrum.”

“I’ve discussed how ableist people like MacLean use autism as a slur, but I don’t think we’ve ever been accused of being the source of malevolent ideologies before,” Camplin wrote.

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