More on the conspiratorial fantasy that a lesser known economist helped the libertarians to secretly rule the roost.
Over at Policy Trajectories Josh McCabe has organized a great symposium on Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, the most dramatic book on public choice theory you are ever likely to read.
Featuring economist Sandy Darity, political scientist Phil Rocco, and your truly, the essays try to get beyond some of the sturm und drang associated with the book’s initially glowingcriticalreception and intensesubsequentbacklash. Instead, they ask: How is political orthodoxy produced and challenged? What responsibility do individuals bear when their actions reinforce institutionalized racism? And what explains increasing efforts to put limits on democracy itself?
MacLean’s book may itself be highly polarizing. But the conversations she has opened up will be with us for a long time to come. Check it out.