Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The analysis of MacLean's "historical fiction" on Buchanan continues. This is from her application for a $50,000 grant from the NIH--yes, the NIH--to fund her research:
  “Through an accidental discovery followed by extensive archival and other original research, I have unearthed ties between states’ rights activists and leading free-market economists that emerged in the late 1950s and traced their subsequent history of alliance building with sometimes surprising partners over the ensuing half century. Where existing works on neoliberalism begin in the 1970s with crises of profitability and public finance, my work excavates the pre-history of early and ongoing anti-democratic motives and goals."

No actually much of an evenhanded academic inquiry.
This is a quote extolling the historian's methodology from an earlier work in 2009: 
"We hope this book will help students learn that the strongest, most tenable positions are arrived at through careful sifting of evidence and respectful encounters with opposing points of view” 

She was given $54,000. From the NIH.

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