Sunday, December 15, 2013

Questions on James Buchanan

Does anyone know if he ever had any dealings with:

1. The Reagan administration
2. The Federalist Society
3. State politics (in Virginia or elsewhere)
4. Desegregation issues


  1. 1.) The Reagan Administration: I don't know.

    2.) The Federalist Society: I don't know either.

    3.) State politics (in Virginia or elsewhere): I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did have something to say in the public record.

    4.) Desegregation issues: I have the vague feeling that this is a yes, but if I did come across a piece where he talks about that issue even passingly, I don't recall what it was called.

  2. Daniel,

    1) Buchanan made it a point to stay out of national politics. His only real venture into it was to show support for a balanced budget amendment. He did, however, write a piece in the Journal of Monetary Economics titled "The Political Ambiguity of Reagan Economics: Marginal Adjustment or Structural Shift?"

    2) Outside of possibly giving some lecture for the Society, I can't imagine what dealings he would have had with the organization.

    3) Once again, it would have been out of character for Buchanan to have any comment on state politics.

    4) It would be odd if there were actually any written pieces on this subject, but I'm sure you can guess what his position would have been.


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