An Evening with Nancy MacLean, Author of Democracy in Chains

The Randolph County Democratic Party and Indivisible 6th Congressional District are pleased to announce that author Nancy MacLean will be appearing at the Sunset Theatre on May 29th to give a talk about her bestselling book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.


When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Program begins at 7:00pm

Where: Sunset Theatre 234 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC

Copies of Democracy in Chains will be available for purchase.

Following her talk, Nancy MacLean will sign copies of Democracy in Chains.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Reserve your seat here: EVENTBRITE

The Randolph County Democratic Party will be hosting a pre-program reception with Professor MacLean.

This event will begin at 5:30pm at our new Headquarters at 114 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. There are only 20 spaces available for this meet and greet, so reserve your spot now. Cost is $50 per attendee. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. If you are interested in attending this reception, please email us at or leave a message and contact info at 336-629-9003


About Professor MacLean:

Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times “noteworthy” book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune “contemporary history at its best.” The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she is the immediate past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA).

Booklist calls Democracy in Chains  “perhaps the best explanation to
 date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” The Guardian said: “It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.”

Democracy in Chains blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, stop action on climate change, and alter the U.S. Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.

Painstakingly researched over ten years with unprecedented access to Buchanan’s personal files, Democracy in Chains explores the genesis of this new radical right, from its beginnings in academia to the eventual embrace and financial backing of the billionaire Charles Koch and the network of wealthy, right-wing donors he has built.

As much of America (and the world) reels from a seemingly unexpected swing to populism and far-right rhetoric, Democracy in Chains offers a peek behind the curtain to reveal just how we got here and what the future will hold.  The Nation magazine has named it “the most valuable book” of the year.


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