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Glenn Reynolds

Oct. 29 2017


Corrupting the National Book Award? “Democracy in Chains has been testing the proposition that there is no such thing as bad publicity. There has been an explosion of documentation that MacLean gets facts wrong, misunderstands her sources, and invents quotations or pulls them out of context to mean the opposite of what they said. You can find all this easily if you just google the book’s title. It is hard to avoid the inference that the book’s defects are outweighed, in the committee’s judgment, by the book’s eloquent denunciation of the Kochs. . . . MacLean’s central historical claim is false. That claim is that the economist James Buchanan devised the “master plan” (xviii) by which the Koch brothers are now subverting democracy. Buchanan devised no master plan, and there’s no evidence that the Kochs’ political actions were influenced by anything he wrote.”

It’s the comparison with disgraced fraud Michael Bellesiles, though, that hits hardest. Bellesiles also presented desired fiction masquerading as history, and won a prestigious award (the Bancroft Prize) before his falsehoods were exposed. (Via Jonathan Adler.)






DARN! The Secret Is Out!!!

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Just FYI

Wiki: Nancy MacLean


Academic career

In 1981, MacLean completed a four-year, combined-degree, B.A./M.A program in history at Brown University, graduating magna cum laude. In 1989, she received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied under Linda Gordon. Maclean’s doctoral thesis later became her first book, published as Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan (1994).[1]

From 1989 to 2010 MacLean taught at Northwestern University, where she served as chairwoman of the Department of History, and as the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in the Humanities. MacLean spoke in favor of and participated in the Living Wage Campaign.[2][3][2][3]

In 2009, she published an open “letter of concern about [the] SEIU’s interference with UNITE–HERE”, the hotel-employees and garment-workers union, which was co-signed by other academics at Northwestern University.[4] In defense of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representative Javier Morillo said that MacLean and fellow signatories of the open letter had “signed onto a set of arguments without doing some [of the] research and fact-checking [that] you require, when producing work in your own fields.”[5][6] Later, Morillo and Andy Stern (then SEIU-president) publicly apologized to MacLean and other academics.[7]

In 2010, MacLean to moved to Duke University. She served as co-chair of Scholars for a Progressive North Carolina (SPNC).[8] In 2013, MacLean participated in SPNC panels and forums held in opposition to the legislative agenda of Republican majority of the North Carolina General Assembly.[9][10][11]



Given The Above Is Anyone Surprised At What She Wrote?


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