The political right and its insatiable appetite for liars - 2019-09-25
"What we really need is to avoid electing more Pinocchio presidents, premiers and prime ministers, while consigning the cynical and dishonest intellectualism of James McGill Buchanan to the dustbin of history."
The ideas of American Nobel economist James Buchanan — whose work on public policy choices has been the inspiration for many of today's ultra-right and conservative political movements and for their hostility to government provision of public services — are nowhere more in evidence than in today's electoral campaigns both in Canada and the US.
Indeed, Buchanan's scorn for public institutions acting in the public interest permeates the policy portfolios of both America's Republican party and of Canada's Conservative party. Like Donald Trump, conservative leaders Andrew Scheer, Jason Kenny, and Doug Ford are seeking to undermine the very notion that government can cost-effectively provide social security, health care, and education. Instead they are attempting to replace what they mendaciously label as "socialism", with "market-based solutions".