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"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of The Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America" with Nancy MacLean

Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains (Viking, 2017) 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. Billionaire Charles G. Koch embraced Buchanan’s idea 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 alarming endgame and import.

 “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you’re worried about what all this means for America’s future, you should be” – NPR

It has been nominated for Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association.

Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times "noteworthy" 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.


Sponsored by Wake Forest University's History Department, Religion Department, Religion and Public Engagement, School of Divinity, Philosophy Department, Sociology Department, English Department, and the Deaprtment of Politics and International Affairs

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Religious Observance, Speakers, Community


Academics, Study of Religions, School of Divinity, English, History, Philosophy, Politics & International Affairs, Sociology

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Faculty, Staff, Students



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Steve Boyd, John Allen Easley Professor of Religion

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