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

MacLean, Nancy, (author.).
Book Book ([2017])
Description: xxxii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
5 of 10 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 current hold with 10 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Main NEW HN 49 .R33 M23 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Endicott College General Collection HN 49 .R33 M23 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction HN 49 .R33 M23 2017 (Text to Phone) Checked out 07/25/2018
Melrose New Books (Browsing Room) 320.5309 MacLean (Text to Phone) Checked out 07/24/2018
Reading Adult New Nonfiction NEW 320.5309 MAC (Text to Phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 320.5309/MacLEAN (Text to Phone) Missing -
Salem State University Stacks New Book HN 49 .R33 M23 2017 (Text to Phone) Checked out 07/28/2018
Saugus Adult Nonfiction 320.53 Maclean (Text to Phone) Available -
Wakefield Adult NEW Nonfiction (Across from Circulation Desk) 320.53 MacLean (Text to Phone) Checked out 07/28/2018
Winthrop Adult Nonfiction 320.5309 Mac 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9781101980965
  • ISBN: 1101980966
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-321) and index.
Contents: 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.
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Citation: MacLean, Nancy. "Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America." New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
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