Democracy in Chains (häftad)
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Winner of LA Times Book Prize, Current Interest 2017 (United States); Winner of Lillian Smith Book Award 2018 (Georgia); Winner of <i>The Nation</i>'s 'Most Valuable Book' 2017 (United Sta
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Democracy in Chains (häftad)

Democracy in Chains

the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America

Häftad Engelska, 2017-07-27
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An explosive expose of the man who devoted his career to shackling democracy - and succeeded. Libertarian billionaires are using their wealth and power to drastically curtail the US democratic process, disempowering ordinary citizens whilst entrenching the influence of corporations as never before. In Democracy in Chains, award-winning historian Nancy MacLean reveals how the ideas of Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan have been used to undermine the power of voters in a country whose Constitution is founded on the principle 'We the people'. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, this chilling movement has a loyalist in the White House, as well as supporters in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts. Democracy in Chains is a timely, important book, which should be read by anybody interested in the future of democracy.
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'It's the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean's new book, Democracy in Chains is to see what was previously invisible.' -- George Monbiot * The Guardian * 'It's happening: the subversion of our democratic system from within. How did the political right do it? Nancy MacLean tells the long-overlooked story of the political economist who developed the playbook for the Koch brothers. James McGill Buchanan merged states rights' thinking with free market principles and helped to fashion the inherently elitist ideology of today's Republican Party. Professor MacLean's meticulous research and shrewd insights make this a must-read for all who believe in government 'by the people.' -- Nancy Isenberg, author of <i>White Trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America</i> 'This book is mesmerising. Rarely have I encountered a work that speaks to such significant issues, with evidence rooted in conclusive new sources. In clear prose, MacLean reveals how a public once committed to social responsibility and egalitarian values became persuaded that only an unregulated free market could protect 'liberty' and 'choice.' Because of this, our once cherished democracy is now subject to attack. Everyone who wants to understand today's confrontational politics should read this important book, now.' -- Alice Kessler-Harris, author of <i>In Pursuit of Equity: women, men, and the quest for economic citizenship in twentieth-century America</i> 'How did we get to where we are today? How did corporations come to possess 'rights?' How did democracy come to be defined as selfish individualism? Or money as free speech? Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains provides the answers. It is essential reading in order to understand the ideas that billionaires use to justify their control of our political institutions. I can't imagine a more timely or urgent book.' -- Greg Grandin, author of <i>Fordlandia</i> (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and <i>The Empire of Necessity</i> (winner of the Bancroft Prize) '[MacLean] creates a chilling portrait of an arrogant, uncompromising, and unforgiving man ... [she] offers a cogent yet disturbing analysis of libertarians' current efforts to rewrite the social contract and manipulate citizens' beliefs ... An unsettling expose of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda.' * Kirkus Reviews * 'MacLean constructs an erudite, searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan (1919 - 2013) and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have reshaped - and undermined - American democracy ... A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative, she exposes how Buchanan's strategies shaped trends in government in favour of 'corporate dominance' and against the welfare state ... She has delivered another deeply important book ... Her work here is a feat of American intellectual and political history.' STARRED REVIEW * Publisher's Weekly * 'For those who think the Tea Party, Freedom Caucus, and the alt-right are recent constructs, MacLean provides an extensive history lesson that traces the genesis of the right wing back to post-WWII doctrines ... A worthy companion to Jane Mayer's Dark Money, MacLean's intense and extensive examination of the right-wing's rise to power is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.' STARRED REVIEW * Booklist * 'A remarkable new book which argues that the radical right revolution engineered by Charles and his brother David is not just about accruing political and economic power, but about restricting democracy itself.' * The New Republic * '[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right ... [MacLean] has dug deep into her material - not just Buchanan's voluminous, unsorted papers, but other archives, too - and she has made powerful and disturbing use of it all ... The behind-th

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Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times 'noteworthy' book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune 'contemporary history at its best.' The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.