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How Did We End Up With Minority Rule? Where Do We Go From Here?

Kevin Drum
The Supreme Court now has a 6-3 supermajority.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with award-winning historian Nancy MacLean about minority rule. In her book, Democracy in Chains, she explores how billionaires like the Koch brothers have shaped the US judicial system.

Now they have a conservative super majority on the Supreme Court. For decades, Republicans have successfully suppressed the vote and gerrymandered districts to ensure minority rule. What can be done to counter this?


Nancy MacLean, distinguished 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: 

The New York Times, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt: End Minority Rule 

Slate, Dahlia Lithwick: Minority rule is here, and this is what it feels like. 

Mother Jones, Hannah Levintova: Barrett’s Confirmation Could Erode Americans’ Financial Protections for a Generation