Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative

Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative

The Normative Vision of Classical Liberalism

James M. Buchanan

Nobel Laureate James Buchanan collects in this volume original and recent hard-to-find essays exploring liberalism and conservatism as distinct ways of looking at and thinking about the realm of human interaction. Classical liberalism is presented here as a coherent political and economic position, as distinguished from both modern liberalism and conservatism.

Preface

James M. Buchanan

Subjects: economics and finance, public choice theory, politics and public policy, public choice

Extract

This book would never have come into being without the encouragement of my personal editor Jo Ann Burgess, who suggested that I put together a selected and internally coherent set of pieces, all of which have been written after the cutoff date of 1998 for the Liberty Fund Collected Works project (20 volumes, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund [1999–2001]). I have written the introductory and concluding chapters specifically for this book, each of which is designed to place both the essays of this book, and my own position, in the somewhat broader perspective of political philosophy. Beyond initial encouragement, however, Jo Ann Burgess has been uniquely helpful in all stages of editorial organization of this book. James M. Buchanan Fairfax, Virginia September 2004 vi