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Henry Manne speaks on Alchian, Bork, and Buchanan and the intellectual history of George Mason Law School


In November 2013 the George Mason Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy and the Law and Economics Center hosted a conference and law review symposium on "The Unique Contributions of Armen Alchian, Robert Bork, and James Buchanan to George Mason Law School." One of the first speakers of the day was Henry Manne, who talks about his deep interactions with all three figures and their relationship to George Mason Law School. Henry's remarks begin at about 7:15 on the video.

One of the more interesting points is the little known early interactions with Robert Bork, who originally was a law school classmate of Henry's. As Henry notes here, they were two acolytes (perhaps the only two at the University of Chicago Law School at that time) of the great Aaron Director. Henry tells the surprising story of how he was scheduled to be Director's research assistant on an antitrust law project that Director was working on. Henry was unexpectedly recalled to the Army though, and Bork stepped in to replace him on the project, and that research later became the basis of The Antitrust Paradox, Bork's hugely influential book on antitrust law (and, I believe, one of the few law and economics works that Bork ever produced before moving on to constitutional law). When Henry later became dean of George Mason Law School he hired Bork to teach constitutional law, which he did for several years.