Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Author: Nancy MacLean
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by QuickAltTab   2019-07-21

The George Mason economics department and law school is deeply rooted in the Koch political machine, anyone interested in its history and outsized influence on our government for the last several decades should read Democracy in Chains.

by FockerCRNA   2019-07-21

Its worse than that, read "Democracy in Chains" (written by a historian) to see that this systematic destruction of our democracy has been slowly progressing for much longer.

by ee4m   2018-11-10

>These American revolutionaries were not 17-21 y.o. Marxists

They were basically left wing activists and many probably did fall into that age group.

>The real Boston Tea Party was a protest against huge corporate tax cuts for the British East India Company, the largest trans-national corporation then in existence. This corporate tax cut threatened to decimate small Colonial businesses by helping the BEIC pull a Wal-Mart against small entrepreneurial tea shops, and individuals began a revolt that kicked-off a series of events that ended in the creation of The United States of America.

>They covered their faces, massed in the streets, and destroyed the property of a giant global corporation. Declaring an end to global trade run by the East India Company that was destroying local economies, this small, masked minority started a revolution with an act of rebellion later called the Boston Tea Party.

But in the US today, tea party, libertarian, liberty, free market and terms like that have been appropriated by the extreme right, corporate lobby and used to fight for corporate dominance instead of against it, fascism dressed up as freedom.

And that lobby made big gains in the last US election and people went out and protested.

by ee4m   2018-11-10

Some of them probably, they certainly do the bidding of these far right groups, for example the clintons helped set up the mass incarceration system. Many of them go along with right libertarians cuts to welfare and health care, the mainstream democrats sell out the average and poor american as much as the right libertarians will.

But I don't think thats a good argument, because the right libertarian movement is a way of intentionally popularizing fascism and giving far right corporate interests more power, and there is no indication that has changed, it spawned the alt right thats recent.

by ee4m   2018-11-10

>Masks prevent you from getting beaten up or arrested?

Not me, them.

>Hmm, I wasn't aware of that.

Of course not because this is an ideological echo chamber and people here don't read both sides.

>And your opinions about libertarianism make me laugh.

See above.

>Here's what it boils down to: you believe violence is justified to silence political opponents. That's what the mob was doing.

No, I was explaining what is going on you, because you have no idea.

You can read up about what right libertarianism is in sources like this.

Or here, you see where the right libertarian movement introduced the alt right and have an anti democratic agenda.

>In the essay "Right-Wing Populism: A Strategy for the Paleo Movement", Rothbard reflected on the ability of paleolibertarians to engage in an "outreach to rednecks" founded on social conservatism and radical libertarianism. He cited former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy as models for the new movement.[4]

>In the 1990s, a "paleoconservative-paleolibertarian alliance was forged", centred on the John Randolph Club founded by Traditionalist Catholic Thomas Fleming.[5] Lew Rockwell and Murray Rothbard supported paleoconservative Republican candidate Pat Buchanan in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, and described Buchanan as the political leader of the "paleo" movement.[6] In 1992, Murray Rothbard declared that "with Pat Buchanan as our leader, we shall break the clock of social democracy".[7]