Illuminating the Dark History behind the Contemporary Assault on Public Interests

A review of Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains
By Joseph B. Walzer

Abstract:

Nancy MacLean’s recent work, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, reveals the quiet development of a powerful libertarian movement, built by a cadre of economic thinkers and funded by the Koch brothers who sought to free business interests from “parasitic” systems of democratic government. As this review discusses, MacLean’s troublingly important narrative illuminates the racism and deception behind contemporary neoliberal politics.

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