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The Soul of James Buchanan?
By Geoffrey Brennan
Michael C. Munger

This article appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Buchanan called his approach “politics without romance,” but he urged classical liberals to promote an ethos that would inspire the general public to imagine a better political community. This seeming paradox—a call for both political realism and idealism—reflected Buchanan’s emphasis on constitutional rules of order and a disdain for the rule of elites.



Other Independent Review articles by Michael C. Munger
    Winter 2015   Why Government Fails so Often—and How It Can Do Better
    Winter 2014   In Memoriam: Charles Kershaw Rowley
    Fall 2012   War, the American State, and Politics since 1898
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Volume 18 Number 3
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