15 James Buchanan & Top 5 Accomplished Presidential Sons
Dead Presidents Podcast
James Buchanan had the experience: lawyer, party leader, Representative, Senator, ambassador to Russia and Britain, and Secretary of State. So how did he fail so badly as president? His long camaraderie with southern leaders, his myopic views on slavery, and his desire to be an imperialist abroad while things were coming apart at home didn't help. By the end of this episode, the antebellum sectional crisis will explode into outright secession and Buchanan will earn his rightful place as the worst president of all time. And we tackle the question of whether our only bachelor president might have been gay. Also: Many president's sons have done great things in their own right. We count down the highest-achievers on our Top 5 Accomplished Presidential Sons.
School of Thought: Gordon Tullock & James Buchanan
Acting Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall welcomes Professor Christian Bjørnskov to discuss the life and work of two economists - Gordon Tullock and James Buchanan. Christian is a Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aahrus University. ‘School of Thought’ is the IEA discussion series based on the book ‘101 Great Liberal Thinkers’ by Dr Eamonn Butler.
15.A.) James Buchanan's life, legacy, and sexuality; an interview with Thomas Balcerski
[Abridged] Presidential Histories
Was James Buchanan secretly the nation's first gay president? Join me as I interview historian Thomas Balcerski, author of Bosom Friends, the intimate world of James Buchanan and William Rufus King, on the 150-year-old rumors about Buchanan's sexuality. We'll also dive into Buchanan's presidency and ask, what can we learn from a man widely considered one of the worst presidents we've ever had?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/AbridgedPresidentialHistories)
In 1857, the debate over slavery had fractured Kansas, national political parties, and even national churches. It's easy to see why the country turned to James Buchanan, a man with one of the strongest resumes ever put in the white house.Unfortunately, he inherited 31 states, and left behind 27, as the pre-civil was secession crisis overwhelmed the nation during his final months in office.Follow along as Buchanan develops an affinity for southern slave culture, then vigorously advances that cause as a congressman, senator, minister abroad, secretary of state, and president, engages in all sorts of corruption to strengthen slavery as a president, and then sits by and does nothing to stop the secession of the south and the rapidly oncoming civil war.Bibliography1. James Buchanan – Jean H. Baker 2. Bosom Friends – Thomas Balcerski 3. Polk: The man who transformed the presidency – Walter R. Borneman 4. Millard Fillmore – Paul Finkelman5. Abraham Lincoln – David Herbert Donald6. Franklin Pierce – Michael F. Holta 7. Embattled Rebel – James M. McPhersonSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/AbridgedPresidentialHistories)
James Buchanan and the Soul of Classical Political Economy, Episode 25
Ceteris Never Paribus: The History of Economic Thought Podcast
Guests: Alain Marciano and Peter J. Boettke Hosted and produced by Erwin Dekker In this episode, Erwin talks with Alain Marciano and Pete Boettke about The Soul of Classical Political Economy a book they co-edited with archival material from the James Buchanan archives located at George Mason University. James Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in 1986 was an American economist who started as public finance scholar, who established the field of public choice and pioneered the constitutional political economy approach. They discuss the formation of the archives since Buchanan’s death in 2013, his role in the development of the Virginia School of Political Economy, his academic entrepreneurship and attempts to develop intellectual centres in sometimes hostile academic environments as well the evolution of his research program. Pete Boettke details the way in which Buchanan attempted to create a vibrant intellectual environment at the various universities in which he worked. Alain Marciano, who is working on an intellectual biography of Buchanan, explains the way in which the archives inform his project and how life and work became one for Buchanan.