Historian Nancy MacLean joins us to discuss her new book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”
She tells the story of the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who played a key role in the rise of the radical right. She argues that without Buchanan’s ideas and Koch’s money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in taking over the Republican party.
Nancy MacLean, William Chafe 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
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