It Feels Awful to be Right by Frank Kashner

“The most deaths and the greatest economic destruction“ I feel a little like Cassandra, the mythological woman whose curse was to see the impending future but have nobody believe her.  I saw the future because historian Nancy MacLean, in her book Democracy in Chains, accurately portrayed what has been happening in the United States over […]

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Coronavirus & the Far Right

In her March 14 “Letters from an American,” Political blogger and Boston College American historian Heather Cox Richardson unsparingly draws the links between Donald Trump’s and the present administration’s inadequate response to the growing pandemic and the four-decades-long assault by big-monied reactionary forces—think “Koch network”—on FDR’s New Deal and the American social safety net it […]

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Will the Real James Buchanan Please Stand up?

In this month’s Reader’s Guide to Democracy in Chains, Rod Kessler puzzles over how the economic and political ideas of James Buchanan could, on one hand, serve as a justification for the Koch network’s stealth assault on the institutions of American Democracy and yet, on the other hand, earn Buchanan a Nobel Prize and a […]

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