The Soul of James Buchanan?
By H. Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger
This article appeared in the Winter 2013/14 issue of The Independent Review.
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 paradoxa call for both political realism and idealismreflected Buchanans emphasis on constitutional rules of order and a disdain for the rule of elites.
H. Geoffrey Brennan (19442022) was a professor of political science at Duke University and professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Australian National University.
Michael C. Munger is Senior Fellow and former co-editor of The Independent Review at the Independent Institute, and Professor of Political Science, Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Duke University.
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