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Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains book cover An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. 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.

Author(s):

Nancy MacLean

Nancy MacLean is Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.She publishes widely in academic journals and is the author of four books, including Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace and the award-winning Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

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