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Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion with Suspicion: A Review Essay on Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Including a Symposium on Ludwig Lachmann

ISBN: 978-1-78769-862-8, eISBN: 978-1-78769-861-1

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 19 August 2019

Abstract

Two issues in MacLean’s account are the focus on the review. The first is simply a research mistake that she drew unwarranted conclusions from regarding Buchanan’s connection to the “massive resistance” movement against desegregation of Virginia public schools. The second issue reveals MacLean’s unwillingness to consider the changes in Buchanan’s scholarship over his career. Taken together, the issues indicate that she refused to read Buchanan on his own terms in order to understand the progress of his work, even if she disagreed with him at the end.

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Emmett, R.B. (2019), "Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion with Suspicion: A Review Essay on Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America ", Including a Symposium on Ludwig Lachmann (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 37B), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 165-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542019000037B018

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