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Facts Should Get In The Way of a Good Story!!!

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|Peter Boettke| James M Buchanan — my teacher — has had a rough couple years where historians and other critics have in essence insisted that the facts should never get in the way of their preferred narrative.  BUT THEY SHOULD!  It is a sad tragedy when they don’t because the allure of ideological blinders is just too great. So one small set of facts — the visitors brought to Thomas Jefferson Center at UVa. Visiting scholars at UVA's Thomas Jefferson Center under James Buchanan's watch: 1958 (Spring semester) - Frank Knight1958-59 - Maurice Allais1959-60 - Bertil Ohlin Notable guest lecturers brought in: 1957 - Ronald Coase (later joined faculty)1958 - Charles Lindblom1958 - Peter Bauer1959 - Robert A. Dahl1960 - T. W. Hutchison And, just another set of facts, first Presidents

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James M Buchanan — my teacher — has had a rough couple years where historians and other critics have in essence insisted that the facts should never get in the way of their preferred narrative.  BUT THEY SHOULD!  It is a sad tragedy when they don’t because the allure of ideological blinders is just too great.

So one small set of facts — the visitors brought to Thomas Jefferson Center at UVa.

Visiting scholars at UVA's Thomas Jefferson Center under James Buchanan's watch:

1958 (Spring semester) - Frank Knight
1958-59 - Maurice Allais
1959-60 - Bertil Ohlin

Notable guest lecturers brought in:

1957 - Ronald Coase (later joined faculty)
1958 - Charles Lindblom
1958 - Peter Bauer
1959 - Robert A. Dahl
1960 - T. W. Hutchison

And, just another set of facts, first Presidents of Public Choice Society.

James M. Buchanan - Economics

Gordon Tullock - Law and Economics

William H. Riker - Political Science

Vincent A. Ostrom - Public Administration

Otto A. Davis - Economics

Mancur Olson - Economics

James S. Coleman - Sociology

And, within the next few years Elinor Ostrom - Political Science; Charles Plott - Experimental Economics; and Vernon Smith - Experimental Economics, would be elected to serve as President of PCS.

So, do let facts get in the way — those stubborn facts — and challenge your priors and your preferred narratives.

Oh, two more — (1) John Rawls was in correspondence with Buchanan and Tullock, and attended the Committee on Non-Market Decision Making, and (2) Buchanan argued throughout his career for a 100% inheritance tax.

Facts are pesky critters.

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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