Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, a scurrilous attack on James M. Buchanan.
- Our feature review this week is by Nathaniel Peters on Robert George’s Conscience and Its Enemies:
George next offers an account of human morality based on practical reason’s discernment of the data of our experience. To put it more simply, he examines what people choose and why they choose it, those motives for which we act in pursuing the good as human beings. Those things that we choose in our pursuit of the good for their own sake he calls intrinsic or basic goods. These include knowledge, friendship, marriage, religion, aesthetic expression, and play. Embracing these goods—pursuing knowledge, being a friend, being united in marriage, worshipping God—constitutes what it means to be a flourishing human being.
- On the Econ Lib Videos page: an interview with James Buchanan on public choice, constitutional thought, and economic exchange.
- Donald Devine: Freedom, Virtue, and the Constitution.
- Natalie Scholl: What we learned about Obamacare this week.
- The costs of having a foreign policy of pinpricks.
- On reading a new translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy: The flame of Dante’s greatness will continue to shine out, quietly but persistently, through our current Dark Ages and long into the future, while the nerve-wracking fluorescent glare of [Dan] Brown’s celebrity will turn pink and finally fade away whenever its mercury is exhausted.
- Daniel Akst on why we should not have “Automation Anxiety.”