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REVIEW · Democracy in Chains 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 majorityIn a brilliant and engrossing narrative Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt. Many publishers claim explosive new content for their nonfiction but in this case it is not hyperbole This political history of the Radical Right is a worthy companion to Jane Mayer s Dark Money It reveals what Mayer did not what on earth were the Radical Rich thinkingThis is the book we ve been waiting for a book which explains the philosophical underpinnings of the Radical Right and the scope and direction of their plan for political and economic control For years I have struggled to understand how they could imagine a small group of people should be privileged than the majority but now I get it The Radical Right has divided human beings into makers and takers makers being those who own the means of production and pay taxes and takers being those who do not For some reason I still don t understand they have concluded that the superrich fit the first category and the bulk of the economy s workers fit the second Which as we all know is a logical fallacy in today s AmericaThough sometimes it may appear the Radical Right are inarticulate because they never seem to explain what they are aiming at they apparently wanted to keep their philosophy and intent uiet to work in secrecy This is because most people in our democracy would oppose their thinking The Radical Rich freely acknowledge this The Right believes that the majority in a democracy can coerce individuals to pay for things the minority do not want to pay for like public schools health care welfare programs jails infrastructure The Right believe they should be free to do as they choose and services should be privatized The market will take care of any climate change related environmental controls that the majority might wish businesses to adopt The Right s view of an efficient business and political environment might look like the early 20th Century when oligarchs roamed the earth It sounds bizarre I know The Right knew we would react this way which is why they have been unable to say what they were thinking straight out but instead made common cause with the Republican Party and the Religious Right cannibalizing both and only leading those two groups to their own demise An important piece of their thinking is that only the national government has enough clout to stop them from dominance which is why they are so insistent on weakening the central government and passing power to individual states which of course would diffuse powerThings are so much clearer to me now When the Black Lives Matter movement said opposition to President Obama was about race they were right Opposition to Obama was ginned up by this group who spread rumors and undermined his attempts to compromise by refusing cooperation The genesis of the thinking in this far right group has its roots in slavery The roots of Radical Rich thinking goes back to John C Calhoun slave holder intent upon preserving liberty of the elite and keeping the demands of the many off his property Up until the 1960 s the majority of wealth in this country was in the South leftover generational wealth from slave holding days now invested in tobacco cotton energy products like oil and coal etc MacLean calls it race based hyper exploitative regional political economyone based first on chattel slavery and later on disenfranchised low wage labor racial segregation and a starved public sector It is fascinating to hear how Nancy MacLean investigating a tangential issue to those she explores in this book came upon the personal papers and writings of Nobel Prize winner James M Buchanan October 3 1919 January 9 2013 at George Mason University in Virginia which included private letters between Buchanan and Charles Koch The letters illuminated the train of thought of both men including their insistence that their thinking be kept secret lest people object to their belief that democracy would ruin capitalism and their right to rule Eventually the two men diverged in thought and Koch sidelined Buchanan decisively At last I can understand why the Republicans would put forth a health care plan that actually harmed people It bothered me that I didn t understand but I do now I wonder if in twenty years this book will be named as one of the critical works which broke the hold of the Radical Right by disseminating notice of their goals to a broad base of Americans I struggled to understand why this group of individuals which include Mike Pence Paul Ryan Scott Walker Mitch McConnell and a host of others oppose government subsidized affordable college education corporate and personal taxes environmental protections and state subsidized drug rehab programs They actually believe the majority of the American people are stealing their wealth Of course there is room in the world for people with fundamentally different ideas about what man is But there may not be enough room for these thoughts together in one nation They can go off to live by themselves if they wish on an island somewhere outside a country founded on the principle of by the people for the people But you know without our willing slavery they are just old men stashing meaningless bits of paper They can t even eat without our labor They can t live in all the houses they own They can t get where they are going without us They can t even dress themselves without us No in order for them to win we must agree to be ruled by them and we don tYou will want to preorder this book and read it immediately I understand now why there was no buzz about this Remember when Jane Mayer was asked in an interview1 if she was afraid to criticize the secretive Koch brothers because they were so powerful MacLean I am uite sure has to be extremely careful until this became public The audio is excellent read by Bernadette Dunn produced by Penguin Audio The audio file is about 11 hours and it is completely enthralling Now I can tell a conservative from someone indoctrinated by Koch I can see the strategy1Pamela Paul s January 24 2016 podcast for NYTimes Book 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REVIEW · Democracy in Chains An 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 uniue 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 governme. You can make a good living telling billionaires what they want to hear judging by the large number of well staffed foundations think tanks and institutes the mega rich have founded in the past few decades So where did this foundation building complex begin This book s author credibly traces it back to James M Buchanan an economist who was teaching at the University of Virginia in the early 1950s Buchanan a southerner by birth and choice was outraged by the Supreme Court s decision in Brown v Board of Education So he founded a proto think tank at UVA to battle what he saw as government intrusion into personal liberty as in the liberty to discriminate Drawing on the pre Civil War writings of John C Calhoun perhaps the South s most radical defender of slave holding Buchanan attacked government especially federal government with arguments that would now be characterized as libertarian In particular recognizing that government s power depended on its ability to tax he condemned taxation as an illegitimate incursion on individual freedom Buchanan eventually attracted the attention of rich patrons on the far right who at the time were stuck supporting organizations like the John Birch Society for lack of anything better Buchanan s academic approach gave them a less buffoonish option Over time and with the infusion of corporate money the right s thought leaders dropped their overt racism and gained mainstream support for their free market agenda But they have yet to claim the ultimate prize ending Social Security and Medicare That s leading some of them to consider a radical option opposing and seeking to undermine the democratic process They reason that the majority of people will never vote to end their own benefits so major systemic changes are needed Some appear to be angling for a constitutional convention to re write the rules in their favor Blameless in Abaddon 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 uniue 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 Croatie 9ed (Guide de voyage) governme. You can make a One Day At A Time good living telling billionaires what they want to hear judging by the large number of well staffed foundations think tanks and institutes the mega rich have founded in the past few decades So where did this foundation building complex begin This book s author credibly traces it back to James M Buchanan an economist who was teaching at the University of Virginia in the early 1950s Buchanan a southerner by birth and choice was outraged by the Supreme Court s decision in Brown v Board of Education So he founded a proto think tank at UVA to battle what he saw as 41 Closets government intrusion into personal liberty as in the liberty to discriminate Drawing on the pre Civil War writings of John C Calhoun perhaps the South s most radical defender of slave holding Buchanan attacked Red Riding Hood government especially federal Irreparable Damage Irreparable #1 government with arguments that would now be characterized as libertarian In particular recognizing that Weathering government s power depended on its ability to tax he condemned taxation as an illegitimate incursion on individual freedom Buchanan eventually attracted the attention of rich patrons on the far right who at the time were stuck supporting organizations like the John Birch Society for lack of anything better Buchanan s academic approach Primal Hunger Guardians #3 gained mainstream support for their free market agenda But they have yet to claim the ultimate prize ending Social Security and Medicare That s leading some of them to consider a radical option opposing and seeking to undermine the democratic process They reason that the majority of people will never vote to end their own benefits so major systemic changes are needed Some appear to be angling for a constitutional convention to re write the rules in their favor

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REVIEW · Democracy in Chains 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 libertari. Written in response to the radical right s recent rise to power Democracy in Chains convincingly argues that Koch funded libertarian extremists have hijacked the Republican Party and now seek nothing less than the establishment of oligarchy in America Across twelve chapters Nancy MacLean traces the history of the once fringe libertarian movement which aims to privatize most public services and frames the nation s white elite as a minority class oppressed by hordes of lazy takers MacLean s prose is fast moving terse and conspiratorial making the book a uick and easy read and her key ideas are clear As persuasive as the author s thesis is however her book s a bit messy In the first half MacLean spends an inordinate amount of time detailing the beliefs of an Antebellum racist who had little direct influence on the book s major subject economist James Buchanan and the author often repeats herself across chapters The book s worth reading but it definitely could have benefited from a closer edit


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    (Read) [Democracy in Chains] Radical right conservative Republican Freedom Caucus Libertarian we need new names These groups have nothing to do with Lincoln or Eisenhower Charles Koch and his billionaire friends and the politicians judges think tanks masuerading as non profits and the law schools and university economic departments that they have bought want to destroy our democracy and our safety nets in favor of free markets that are tilted in their favor The end

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    (Read) [Democracy in Chains] Written in response to the radical right’s recent rise to power Democracy in Chains convincingly argues that Koch funded libertarian extremists have hijacked the Republican Party and now seek nothing less than the establishment of

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    (Read) [Democracy in Chains] This is the most enlightening political book I've read since The New Jim Crow It's a great historical analysis of how we've reached the brink of embracing oligarchy

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    (Read) [Democracy in Chains] Nancy MacLean ↠ 1 REVIEW Given its current rating I think it's important that people take these critical reviews into considerationHere's Michael Munger's essay on this book's Daniel Mitchell's very lucid review of the book here's another one by David Henderson David Gordon at the Mises Institute just out from Horwitz at the Cato Institute fairness however here are some attempts at rebuttal consider nonetheless this retrospective by Philip Magness a new

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    (Read) [Democracy in Chains] In 2017 it is very obvious what the right and the transmogrified Republican party are up to It is the installation of oligarchy in the US controlled by the wealthy The endgame of libertarian thinking It is amazing what money and ruthlessness can accomplish People like the Koch's use Lenin as their model for taking over the state and installing their libertarian paradise where no billionaire will be bothered by the pol

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    FREE DOWNLOAD Democracy in Chains Nancy MacLean ↠ 1 REVIEW DOWNLOAD æ SALAMUSEO.CO ↠ Nancy MacLean A general rule of thumb when dealing with political literature is that if the title contains words like evil radical destruction stealth or other emotionally charged language than chances are you're reading clickb

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    FREE DOWNLOAD Democracy in Chains (Read) [Democracy in Chains] DOWNLOAD æ SALAMUSEO.CO ↠ Nancy MacLean You can make a good living telling billionaires what they want to hear judging by the large number of well staffed foundations think tanks and institutes the mega rich have founded in the past few decades So where did this foundation building complex begin? This book's author credibly traces it back to James M Buchanan an economist

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    FREE DOWNLOAD Democracy in Chains (Read) [Democracy in Chains] DOWNLOAD æ SALAMUSEO.CO ↠ Nancy MacLean For those considering buying take some time to read these critiues as well as the author's response in the first one before making that decisionEdited to addFor those who don't give credibility to any libertarian who objects read this one first shouldn't matter who is giving a critiue if the critiue is valid but for those who can't see it that way this may help clarify what's going onEnd of editRuss Roberts Na

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  • Hardcover
  • 334
  • Democracy in Chains
  • Nancy MacLean
  • English
  • 11 June 2018
  • 9781101980965