Celebrate its outcome, but, as George Will reminds us, do not forget that the American revolutionary war was indeed a war – and, being a war, was filled with all of war’s horrors and cruelty. (Yet note that Caesar lived a very long time!)
Bryan Caplan doesn’t often point out the benefits of democracy, but he does so here. (My colleague Robin Hanson doesn’t disagree.)
Nick Gillespie weighs in on Nancy MacLean’s recent work of fiction – the work of fiction in which MacLean dreams up a completely unrealistic connection linking John C. Calhoun with James Buchanan and the modern libertarianism . A slice:
Such unconvincing claims (“the Marx of the Master Class,” as Calhoun was dubbed by Richard Hofstadter, was openly hostile to the industrialism, wage labor, and urbanization that James Buchanan took for granted) are hard to keep track of, partly because of all the rhetorical smoke bombs MacLean is constantly lobbing.