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What will it take to restore power to the majority?

Photo by Annette Bernhardt
A protest at McDonald's in New York City on July 29, 2013

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with labor organizer Jane McAlevey and historian Nancy MacLean about how democracy has been undermined by big money, and how to win it back.

The capitalist radical right has been working to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance, according to MacLean’s book Democracy in Chains. In No Shortcuts, McAlevey argues that in order for progressive movements to succeed, they need strong unions to put power in the hands of workers and ordinary community members.


Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, a scholar of the twentieth-century US, and author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Jane McAlevey, longtime organizer in the environmental and labor movements, and author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Web Resources:

Slate: The Architect of the Radical Right

USA Today: Charles Koch's network launches new super PAC for midterm battles
Jacobin: The Power of Deep Organizing


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.