We the People presents: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America with author Nancy MacLean, April 27, 6 PM, Water Street Bookstore.
William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University Nancy MacLean will discuss her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America on Saturday, April 27 at 6 PM at the Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water Street, Exeter, NH. Professor MacLean is the immediate past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association and the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry, a New York Times “noteworthy” book of the year, and Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace.
Democracy in Chains blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, stop action on climate change, and alter the U.S. Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. Painstakingly researched over ten years with unprecedented access to Buchanan’s personal files, Democracy in Chains explores the genesis of this new radical right, from its beginnings in academia to the eventual embrace and financial backing of the billionaire Charles Koch and the network of wealthy, right-wing donors he has built.
As much of America (and the world) reels from a seemingly unexpected swing to populism and far-right rhetoric, Democracy in Chains offers a peek behind the curtain to reveal just how we got here and what the future will hold.
The talk is presented by We the People, a free lecture and film series exploring issues at the intersection of current events, ethics and religion. We the People is co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter, in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore. The talk will be held at the Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water Street, Exeter, NH.
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