Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Monbiot: Totalitarian capitalism v. democracy

Monbiot reviews Nancy MacLean's new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. The book highlights the writings of James McGill Buchanan, who "in collaboration with business tycoons and the institutes they founded, developed a hidden programme for suppressing democracy on behalf of the very rich." MacLean details how the Koch brothers have implemented this agenda.

"Charles Koch poured millions into Buchanan’s work at George Mason University, whose law and economics departments look as much like corporate-funded thinktanks as they do academic faculties. He employed the economist to select the revolutionary 'cadre' that would implement his programme (Murray Rothbard, at the Cato Institute that Koch founded, had urged the billionaire to study Lenin’s techniques and apply them to the libertarian cause). Between them, they began to develop a programme for changing the rules."

"Through the network of thinktanks that Koch and other billionaires have sponsored, through their transformation of the Republican party, and the hundreds of millions they have poured into state congressional and judicial races, through the mass colonisation of Trump’s administration by members of this network and lethally effective campaigns against everything from public health to action on climate change, it would be fair to say that Buchanan’s vision is maturing in the US."

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