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Your Call: How has the radical right’s agenda undermined democracy in the US?

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 In her new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, historian Nancy MacLean 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.

MacLean argues that without Buchanan’s ideas and the Koch Brothers’ money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in taking over the Republican party. How has radical right’s agenda undermined democracy in the US? And what can we do about it?

Guest:

Nancy MacLean, 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

Web Resources:

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

New Republic: The Right’s War Against Liberal Democracy

Jacobin: Democracy’s Critics

Washington Post: What Trump has undone

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.