Nancy MacLean — a history professor and author of “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” — made her comments during a Thursday lecture about her 2017 book’s thesis at All Souls Unitarian Universalist church in New York City, Campus Reform said.
During a Question & Answer session, an audience member asked about Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan — who helped give birth to libertarianism, MacLean has argued — and where his “motivations” originated from and if “personal greed” or “malevolence” influenced them.
MacLean called the audience member’s question “profound” and then proceeded to give her diagnosis, if you will.
After National Public Radio published a glowing review last summer of “Democracy in Chains” — which was a National Book Award winner — the outlet attached an editor’s note to the review saying that “questions were raised about Nancy MacLean’s scholarship after the publication of Democracy in Chains” and that NPR addressed the issue in an Ombudsman column.
“In simplest terms, ‘Democracy in Chains’ contends that Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan, the central figure in public-choice theory, conspired over decades with billionaire Charles Koch to secretly undermine American democracy,” the National Review piece added.