Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

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"Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”
—Booklist (starred review)

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us.

Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan’s work in teaching others how to divide America into “makers” and “takers.” And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan’s strategy.

Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.

Title : Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
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ISBN : 1101980966
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Trish rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

Many publishers claim “explosive new content” for their nonfiction but in this case it is not hyperbole. This political history of the Radical Right is a worthy companion to Jane Mayer’s Dark Money. It reveals what Mayer did not: what on earth were the Radical Rich thinking? This is the book we’ve...

Carla rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

Radical right, conservative Republican, Freedom Caucus, Libertarian--we need new names. These groups have nothing to do with Lincoln or Eisenhower. Charles Koch and his billionaire friends, and the politicians, judges, "think" tanks masquerading as non profits, and the law schools and university...

Scot rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

This is the most enlightening political book I've read since The New Jim Crow. It's a great historical analysis of how we've reached the brink of embracing oligarchy.

Abraham rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 26, 2017

A textbook case of intellectual dishonesty. MacLean has distorted arguments of J. Buchanan and Tyler Cowen. The mediocrity, carelessness and outright lies of MacLean has few parallels in Left. The oversimplification, distortion, and misrepresentation that is this book, demonstrates either the rap...

Nathan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 19, 2017

For those considering buying, take some time to read these critiques (as well as the author's response in the first one) before making that decision: [Edited to add]: For those who don't give credibility to any libertarian who objects, read this one first: It...

Ryan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 04, 2017

A general rule of thumb when dealing with political literature is that if the title contains words like evil, radical, destruction, stealth, or other emotionally charged language... than chances are you're reading clickbait that looks to make money by pandering to a certain group. Normally, these...

Carl rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 29, 2017

Worst book I've read in ages. So completely filled with inaccuracies, misquotations and mischaracterizations that it can't possibly be accidental. Nothing but purposeful and untruthful character assassination.

David rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 29, 2017

This is a terrible, poorly sourced book full of misstatements, distortions, and things that are simply made up. It's hard to belief it was written by a prominent historian.

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2017

In 2017 it is very obvious what the right and the transmogrified Republican party are up to. It is the installation of oligarchy in the US controlled by the wealthy. The endgame of libertarian thinking. It is amazing what money and ruthlessness can accomplish. People like the Koch's use Lenin as...

Rinstinkt rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 05, 2017

This book is the leftist equivalent of Alex Jones writing a book. The central theme in the book is that of a vast right wing conspiracy... Reminds you something? The most insulting part for me personally is the stupid reasoning the author uses to attack others on majoritarianism and democracy. Evi...

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