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'Democracy In Chains' Traces The Rise Of American Libertarianism

Nancy MacLean's book stretches back to 19th century Vice President — and ardent secessionist — John C. Calhoun to find the roots of modern libertarianism, which she calls a threat to democracy.
Source: Jessica Diaz-Hurtado

Obscuring census data to give "conservative districts more than their fair share of representation." Preventing access to the vote. Decrying "socialized medicine." Trying to end Social Security using dishonest vocabulary like "strengthened." Lionizing Lenin. Attempting to institute voucher programs to "get out of the business of public education." Increasing corporatization of higher education. Harboring a desire, at heart, to change the Constitution itself.

This unsettling list could be 2017 Bingo. In fact, it's from half a century

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