Summary of Democracy in Chains
From DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS by Nancy MacLean
Summarized by arrangement with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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Powerful oligarchs have hijacked America’s institutions and successfully pushed a radical agenda of union busting, tax cutting and prison privatization. How did US conservatism end up on this path? According to Duke University historian Nancy MacLean, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan lay the groundwork for a libertarian, anti-democratic plan now financed by the billionaire Koch brothers. When published in 2017, MacLean’s book won wide acclaim, though some scholars caught her in misquotes and general overreach. Democracy in Chains merits a perusal – followed by a Google search.
About the Author
Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom Is Not Enough. She is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.