via the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office
Join us at the 2019 CCPA-BC Gala to hear from Nancy MacLean, an award-winning historian whose latest book traces the anti-democratic roots of the right-wing politics now transforming the United States.
Democracy in Chains: The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America documents the decades-long effort of libertarian intellectuals—allied with the billionaire Koch Brothers and other corporate donors—to radically alter the social contract and undermine democratic institutions. MacLean’s research exposes the ideas, strategy and money behind the radical right’s “relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change and alter the Constitution.” Based on ten years of work, Democracy in Chains tells the chilling story of “a vast, relentless and multi-armed machine” developed to entrench the interests of monied elites in policy and law—a project that began in the US but is now transnational, with affiliates in Canada and over 90 other countries.
MacLean’s work reminds us that the recent surge of right-wing populist movements and politicians should not be dismissed as a temporary departure from more traditional conservatism; rather, it should be understood as the predictable outcome of a long-term battle of ideas and power—one in which corporate neoliberalism and the likes of Donald Trump have deeper connections than most of the media recognize.
Visit the CCPA website for more information and tickets. Early-bird tickets purchased before August 31 include a free copy of the book Democracy in Chains!
PSAC BC is proud supporter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.