James Buchanan once described Gordon Tullock as a "natural born economist." As a student of Tullock's, Buchanan's description made perfect sense to me immediately when I first heard it in the early 1980s. Bill Breit once told me that while it was true that the main character in the Marshall Jevons trilogy looked like Milton Friedman and was modeled on Milton Friedman, he thought a lot like Gordon Tullock.
In my experience as a teacher and researcher in economics for the last 30 years and at various locations I have only interacted repeatedly and intensely with one other person who reminds me of Gordon Tullock in terms of the persistent and consistent (some might even say stubborn) pursuit of an economic explanation of diverse human phenomena and that would be Peter Leeson.
In a recent OUPblog piece, "Superstition and Self-Governance", Pete explains the rational choice logic of the practice of medieval monks casting curses on those who crossed them. Pete is a gifted writer -- so his articles are always entertaining -- and he is a "natural born economist" -- so his analysis is always illuminating.
Entertaining and illuminating ... Not Too Shabby!