The Politics of Deception – Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, and how we got to this political moment

I just finished reading Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean. I found it a very useful and fairly alarming guide to the ideas that motivate the Republicans’ legislative agenda. What lurks behind the tax cut, the denial of climate change, the efforts to restrict voting rights, and other seemingly disparate initiatives is a very clear, well-defined vision of society that the Republicans don’t want to share publically. If they did, most of us would find it quite brutal and undemocratic. Interestingly, if they succeed in achieving their vision, Trump voters (i.e. non-college-educated whites living in economically struggling areas) will be among those who suffer the most.

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