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History Professor’s Follies Revealed Once Again

Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean has become famous for her ad hominem attacks on economists who advocated limited government. First she went after James Buchanan, and then most recently, Milton Friedman.  Her “scholarship” is not meant to elicit truth but to advance the leftist claim that anyone who argues against their omnipotent government agenda must at heart be an evil person.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Phil Magness, who has been quite busy refuting her for a few years now, responds to her attack on Friedman with a letter, “Smearing Milton Friedman, Excusing the Teachers’ Union.”

But it would be too much to expect an admission of error from MacLean, much less an apology for having besmirched the character of an upstanding man.

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

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