Nancy MacLean, Duke University Professor of History and author of the acclaimed Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America will be discussing her book at a public lecture Monday, January 7, 2019, 7-9 pm, at the Krannert Auditorium at Purdue University (rm 140, 403 W. State St, West Lafayette). The lecture and subsequent discussion is free and open to the public.
Sponsors of the lecture include the Committee on Peace Studies, the Departments of English and Political Science, The School of Languages and Cultures, the American Studies Program, and the Purdue Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
In her book, MacLean traces the intellectual development of the neo-liberal right, and its organized connections with wealthy and powerful supporters such as the Koch Brothers, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. She argues that selected intellectuals, such as political economist, James Buchanan, have promoted an anti-democratic policy agenda and defenses of this agenda in higher education.
MacLean argues that many neo-liberal policy proposals would be opposed if public discourse and majoritarian democracy prevailed. Consequently, she suggests, efforts are made to limit transparency, public discussion, and legislative and electoral participation in major public policies. Her arguments are relevant to virtually all institutions in American society including universities.
The presentation is particularly important at this juncture in the nation’s history. Please save the date and plan to attend!