For this 90-minute special, our guest is Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.
This book has the Koch cadre at the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center up in arms over its characterization of one of their patron saints, the Nobel laureate economist of “public choice” theory, James McGill Buchanan and the way his work offers the clearest path to putting Democracy, the “We the people” aspect of our government, in chains.
In other words, Nancy MacLean, gives us a history of the anti-democratic ethos at the heart of supremacy politics. From the slave-era constitutional constructions of John C. Calhoun to the complementary project of Nobel Laureate and “Southern Gentleman” Jim Buchanan, MacLean charts the course of the ideas that have served to unchain the power of right wing oligarchs
like Charles and David Koch, and put “we the people” in tightening shackles.
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. She’s an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” The author of four other books, including Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace (2006) called by the Chicago Tribune “contemporary history at its best,” and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan, named a New York Times “noteworthy” book of 1994.
James M. Buchanan: The Architect of the Radical Right – The Atlantic
Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics
Reagan – Radio Address to the Nation on Tax Reform. June 1, 1985
Dark Money (excerpt) by Jane Mayer
Unfounded America: Taking Out the Myth with the Trash (Nancy Isenberg)
All songs by Alabama
“Song of the South”
“40-Hour Week (For a Livin’)”
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Assistant Producer: Rob Schoon
Executive Producer: Wes Martin