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The Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler depicting corporate power in the Gilded Age
The Bosses of the Senate by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler via Wikimedia Commons, First published in Puck 1889

Nancy MacLean on her new book “Democracy in Chains”

A lot of books have tried to explain the rise of conservative power that poses a direct challenge to the reforms that came about under the New Deal, the labor movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the Great Society.

In her new book, a Duke University professor reveals a little known conservative think tank that had its beginnings on the University of Virginia campus. With help from one of the Koch brothers, the think tank helped reframe the debate over the role of business, government and individuals.

The book is “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Plan for America”.

The author is Nancy MacLean. She’s the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. Her previous book is “Freedom is Not Enough.” Host Rob Lorei interviewed her about her new book.

To listen back to this interview from Thursday, June 15, 2017 click here.


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