Current Research Interests

Profit: The Stupid View of President Donald Trump (Vancouver: Axial Publishing, 2016)
In his most recent book, McShane exposes basic oversights of President-elect Trump’s economic vision. His incisive criticism exposes foolish views of profit and offers a viable path to non-parochial greatness. The key issue that McShane identifies is the existence of two distinct flows of basic and surplus goods and services in any economy. He argues that the prevalent teaching and policy-making is trapped in a static, single-flow analysis backed by statistical research. Drawing upon the works of Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) and Bernard Lonergan (1904–1984), he lays out a non-orthodox, dynamic analysis that, he boldly claims, grounds the possibility of doubling wages within a period of six years. The analysis also leads to new meanings of “profit” and “surplus income.”

Disputing Quests
A series of essays began in December of 2016 and scheduled to continue in 2017. The context of this new series is the second half of the central page 250 of Method in Theology, from line 18 to 33, which McShane has named regularly Lonergan’s 1833 Overture. It describes a final tactic of the functional specialty Dialectic. It is a discomforting tactic, not just a Luther-like “Here I stand” but a blunt and precise “here you stand.” Such stand-taking and confrontation can, of course, occur at any stage in the cycle of collaborations, e.g., a historian “at pains not to conceal his tracks but to lay his cards on the table.” (Method in Theology, 193)