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Nancy MacLean Won’t Quit

One of the biggest intellectual jousting matches last year was between Duke history professor Nancy MacLean, who wrote a slimy, dishonest book about Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan and the whole limited-government movement, and the many scholars who blasted holes in it. If it had been a boxing match, the referee would have stopped it in the first round. MacLean had no defense, and she immediately resorted to ad hominem attacks on her many critics, including some honest leftists.

Like Hillary Clinton, she just won’t quit, and recently made some more nasty comments about Buchanan and those of us who oppose big government. For that, she has earned another pummeling, and I write about it in today’s Martin Center piece.

Some may recall that another Duke professor was hounded away after saying that he thought a “diversity training” program that had been scheduled would be a waste of time. But other than a petition by a number of students asking the school to rebuke her for her “autism explains libertarianism” comment, MacLean has skated smoothly by. Double standards are on display.

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

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