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Let’s Play by Nancy MacLean’s Rules

As long as Duke professor Nancy MacLean continues to defend her awful, misleading screed Democracy in Chains, she will richly deserve counterattacks like this one by GMU economics professor Don Boudreaux, “Let’s Play by Nancy MacLean’s Rules,” on his always enlightening Cafe Hayek blog. (If you crave more criticism of MacLean’s book, that’s the place to start.)

This episode tells us much about the decline of the educational endeavor. A tenured professor writes an abominable book and when it gets torn to shreds by people who actually know a lot about the subject, she resorts to whining about being “bullied” and that her critics are just parts of the evil Koch-funded plot to destroy America.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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