“Democracy in Chains” talk

Monday, September 24, 2018 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Nancy MacLean, professor of history and public policy at Duke University, will lead a talk about her new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”

The talk is presented by the UA College of Education, the Pima Area Labor Federation and Community Partners.

Student Union Memorial Center, Catalina and Tucson rooms, 1303 E. University Blvd.
College of Education
Fernando Parra
Nancy Maclean’s bio:

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  1. Prof. MacLean asked “how did we get to this point?” where conservatism was prevalent in America, with the Religious Right and the White Supermacist Right. The missing piece (she said) was Charles Koch, and Koch Industries/empire trying to re-write our society and enchain democracy. She spoke of her research on Eco. Prof. James Buchanan at UVA and Eco. Prof. Walter Williams at GMU (George Mason U.) advocating for wiping out of public education in Prince Edward County in VA, whose public schools were closed for 5 years (1959 to 1964) while private schools received state–funded vouchers. These 2 men promote Libertarian values and ethics such as “I keep what I earn, you keep what you earn.” Their insidious goal is to privatize education and are working in 28 of 34 states to convene a U.S. Constitutional Convention, to systematically change rules of governance, refuse Medicaid expansion, attack public ed, refute global change, encourage voter suppression. Libertarian mantra is “you should be on your own”, that if you fail to save $, you deserve your fate. Koch Industries has given 100 M to GMU for new Buchanan Center for Political Economy. MacLean ended her talk asking another question “Is this the world we want to leave to our children?” Questions from audience were about any legal challenges to voter rights suppression and undermining the independent judiciary, what is end game if education is privatized, most effective role for unions in responsive government; merits to negative book reviews ? Attending tonight were former CD 2 candidates Mary Matiella and Bruce Wheeler. Due to large audience,this talk was moved to the SUMC South Ballroom.

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