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The Resource Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America, Nancy MacLean

Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America, Nancy MacLean

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Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America
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Democracy in chains
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the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America
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Nancy MacLean
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Democracy in chains
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the deep history of the radical Rights stealth Plan for America
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"An explosive expose of the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. "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"--
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In this well-researched biographical study, acclaimed historian Nancy MacLean offers a sobering analysis of the radical Libertarians' rise to political power in the U.S. Focusing on the late James Buchanan, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, she explores his plan to inject his views into the operations of every branch of government. Funded in part by multibillionaire Charles Koch, Buchanan's ideas have been carried out by like-minded political operatives. Here's an unprecedented explanation of the origins of America's current political rift. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2017.
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the deep history of the radical Right's stealth Plan for America
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Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America, Nancy MacLean
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-321) and index
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Introduction: A quiet deal in Dixie -- Prologue: the Marx of the master class -- There was no stopping us -- Part I: The ideas take shape -- A country boy goes to the Windy City -- The real purpose of the program -- Letting the chips fall where they may -- To protect capitalism from government -- A counterrevolution takes time -- A world gone mad -- Part II: Ideas in action -- Large things can start from small beginnings -- Never compromise -- A constitution with locks and bolts -- Democracy defeats the doctrine -- The kind of force that propelled Columbus -- Part III: The fallout -- Conclusion: Get ready
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24 cm
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xxxii, 334 pages
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9781101980965
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2017009048
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(OCoLC)987376346
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Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America, Nancy MacLean
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-321) and index
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volume
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nc
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text
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txt
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Introduction: A quiet deal in Dixie -- Prologue: the Marx of the master class -- There was no stopping us -- Part I: The ideas take shape -- A country boy goes to the Windy City -- The real purpose of the program -- Letting the chips fall where they may -- To protect capitalism from government -- A counterrevolution takes time -- A world gone mad -- Part II: Ideas in action -- Large things can start from small beginnings -- Never compromise -- A constitution with locks and bolts -- Democracy defeats the doctrine -- The kind of force that propelled Columbus -- Part III: The fallout -- Conclusion: Get ready
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxii, 334 pages
Isbn
9781101980965
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2017009048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)987376346

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