The latest National Review cover story focuses on the positive impact Stephen Harper has made as Canada’s Conservative prime minister. His success should surprise no one who reads the following passage about his influences.

In a 2002 interview, he was asked to name thinkers who had influenced him. He said, “I’m an economist by training, so obviously all the classical economists from Smith right up to people like Hayek, as well as some of the modern public-choice theorists — people like James Buchanan.”

Adam Smith? Check. F.A. Hayek? Check. James Buchanan? Check.

Note that Harper said nothing about John Maynard Keynes.