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Brown Bag Lunch: Democracy in Chains: A Conversation with Nancy MacLean
September 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
September 19th, 12pm -1:30pm
Murphy Institute, 25 W 43rd St., New York City, 18th Floor
Open to people with CUNY IDs
RSVP to murphyinstitute[at]cuny[dot]edu
Join us for a discussion with Nancy MacLean on her new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, in which she traces the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, and change the Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to one man, the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.
DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS explores the genesis of this new radical right, from its beginnings in academia to the eventual embrace and financial backing of the billionaire Charles Koch. From his research centers, first at the University of Virginia and later at George Mason University, Buchanan developed a long-term strategy to prevent those of us without great property or power from using the democratic process to enact meaningful change.
· Nancy MacLean, William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom is Not Enough.