More Recent Reading

Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: A conspiracy theory trashing the intellectual legacy of 1986 Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. Note the lack of a link: this book will worsen your understanding of the world rather than improve it.

James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, The Calculus of Consent: Societies are comprised of individuals who have to make choices at a constitutional level. With Calculus of Consent, Buchanan and Tullock opened an enormous research agenda exploring how the rules are made and to whose benefit.

James Buchanan, Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative: F.A. Hayek was not a “conservative” in the European sense but a classical liberal. So was James Buchanan. He notes that conservatives and classical liberals sometimes arrive at the same conclusions, but not because they start with the same analytical foundations. It’s Buchanan’s concise statement of his vision of what a good society looks like.

John Myer and Seth Evans, Presence: Praying the Scriptures to Encounter the Glory of God. I’m reminded of a Puritan prayer in Valley of Vision that speaks of “prayerless prayer” and “praiseless praise.” This is a series of short lessons on encountering God by praying the scripture.

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