“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
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    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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