For readers of Dark Money, an explosive expose of the man and the ideas behind the Radical Capitalist Right--and its relentless campaign to eliminate unions, disenfranchise voters, change the Constitution, and curtail democratic majority rule"It is not easy to uncover the inner workings of an essentially secretive political establishment," wrote the reviewer of Jane Mayer's Dark Money in The New York Times. But in Democracy in Chains, award-winning historian Nancy MacLean does exactly that. What she reveals is a troubling prospect. Since its inception, the Radical Right has worked to change not simply who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance themselves. She names the Right's true founder--the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan--and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed to alter government at both the federal and state levels, the judiciary, and the law.At the heart of this story is stealth. There's a reason why Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, and Scott Walker, among others, refer to themselves as conservatives instead of what they really are, Libertarian radicals--they want us to believe that they are traditional Republicans. It's a single move, argues MacLean, that has kept researchers looking for answers in all of the wrong places. And indeed, posing as "conservatives," Libertarian radicals have so thoroughly usurped the Repulican party that anyone who disagrees with their agenda is swiftly marked for political elimination. The vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence is saying things that the presidential candidate Donald Trump does not support because Pence must account for his beliefs to a higher power--the Radical Right donor groups; or why, no matter how large her victory should she win the presidency, Hillary Clinton will face the fight of her life, because true believers of the Radical Right will not negotiate or compromise in their quest to transform America in their own image.Based on ten years of research and unique access to Buchanan's archives, Democracy in Chains is a magisterial work of scholarship, a chilling story of money run amok, and a timely expose of today's most insidious political movement.From the Hardcover edition.