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The Roots of Today's Radical Right and the Crisis of Democracy: A Conversation with Historian Nancy Maclean

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

The Robert Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies invites you to participate in a conversation between Nancy Maclean, author of the new book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”, and New School Historical Studies faculty. This panel discussion will take place on September 18th, 2017, at 6:00 PM, at the Theresa Lang Center, 55 W. 13th Street. 

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS is an explosive exposé of the little-known thinker behind the radical right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution: the Nobel Prize winning political economist James McGill Buchanan. It was Buchanan who taught billionaire Charles Koch that for capitalism to thrive, democracy must be enchained. 

The Guardian has called the book "the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.” Come hear MacLean share the story of how she found the trail of this collaboration in the archives as she explains its frightening import.

NANCY MACLEAN is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times 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.

Presented by The New School's Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. 

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