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

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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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'Nancy MacLean's Democracy In Chains is a work of the utmost importance and makes a unique and outstanding contribution in understanding America, in both historic and contemporary terms. It forces us to engage with and think deeply about the use and abuse of power.' * Economic and Labour Relations Review * '[T]his book is a superb contribution to our understanding of the rise of libertarian notion and right-wing political power in the US.' -- Bill McKibbern * TLS * 'Democracy in Chains leaves me with hope: Perhaps as books like MacLean's continue to shine a light on important truths, Americans will begin to realise they need to pay more attention and not succumb to the cynical view that known liars make the best leaders.' * New York Times Book Review * 'Explosive and controversial.' * Canberra Times * 'This book's importance cannot be underestimated ... powerful and disturbing.' -- Antony Loewenstein * Weekend Australian * 'Nancy MacLean has done us a true and timely service.' * New Internationalist * 'Democracy in Chains should be read by every thinking person in the United States. It is disturbing, revealing, and vitally important.' * new york journal of books * 'A remarkable book ... Democracy in Chains is a revelation, as politics and as history.' * Jacobin * 'Clear and compelling ... timely.' * The Sunday Post * '[A] riveting, unsettling account of 'Tennessee country boy' James McGill Buchanan, key architect of today's radical right.' * O, The Oprah Magazine * 'This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains ... [MacLean] takes the time to meticulously trace how we got here ... If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be ... And if someone you know isn't convinced, you have just the book to hand them.' * NPR * '[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-the-scenes days and works of Buchanan show how much deliberation and persistence - in the face of formidable opposition - underlie the anti-governing politics ascendant today. What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort.' * The Atlantic * '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 * '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 * '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 * '[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 agend

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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.