The Washington Post has an intriguing series on how adjectival names don’t always match up with the actual people they are named after. Links to each of the articles listed below can be found here . A few of the articles include:
Clinton was not Clintonian By Jon Cowan and Matt Bennet t
Is President Clinton Clintonian? It depends on what the meaning of Clintonian is. But Third Ways Matt Bennett and Jonathan Cowan argue that the benign definition having a willingness to take on party orthodoxies is the one that will endure.
Rand was not Randian By Jennifer Burns
Rand wanted to live up to her novels heroes men like Howard Roark and John Galt, who lived for their work and cared little for the opinions of others. So why, asks historian Jennifer Burns, was Rand heartbroken when reviewers didnt like Atlas Shrugged?
Keynes was not Keynesian By Nicholas Wapshott
The term Keynesian has become a Washington insult shorthand for spendthrift, wasteful, debt-ridden, incontinent, elitist, socialist, writes journalist Nicholas Wapshott. But the elegant British economist was none of the above.
Jefferson was not Jeffersonian By R.B. Bernstein
Its hardly news that the founding father who wrote that all men are created equal owned slaves. But according to biographer R.B. Bernstein, this small-government enthusiast was not above big-government moves. Exhibit A: the Louisiana Purchase.
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