3.8.17

TIME TO RECLAIM COHERENT BELIEFS?

Duke historian Nancy McLean recently published a book, supposedly alleging that Virginia political economy guru James Buchanan was really a tool of neo-confederates and the non-nautical Koch Brothers.  Suffice it to say that the book is a hatchet job, designed more to make Atlantic readers and culture-studies types comfortable with their prejudices, and there's enough error and response thereto in it to keep Don "Cafe Hayek" Boudreaux busy tracking it all down: just keep scrolling.

Professor McLean can get away with it, however, because The Narrative.
Her libertarian critics' responses are important and necessary, but they are not sufficient as long as they assume a modernist framework and make modernist arguments.

Two generations of postmodernism have laid the sub-cultural groundwork within which books like MacLean's can get published by university presses, and that groundwork enables MacLean and her fans to simply set aside concerns for objectivity and double-down on their subjective commitments.

That postmodern philosophical groundwork must also be challenged, uprooted, and replaced.
The good news, dear reader, is that even experiments against reality eventually collide with reality.

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