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Who Wants to Put Democracy in Chains? by Ilya Somin.

In her badly flawed book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, historian Nancy MacLean gets many, many things wrong about the history and purposes of libertarianism. Jonathan Adler, David Bernstein, Phil Magness, Russell Roberts, and Michael Munger, and others, have highlighted some of her most important fallacies and distortions.


Related: Nancy MacLean’s Conspiratorial Response to Criticism of ‘Democracy in Chains’ by David Bernstein.

Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains,” has not responded to substantive criticisms of her book. What she has done, however, is circulate a fanciful and potentially libelous post accusing Jonathan Adler and me of being at the center of a Koch-backed conspiracy to discredit her book. She refers to “Koch operatives and the riders of their academic ‘gravy train’?” and writes, “It appears they are using Washington Post blogposts as a seemingly respectable pivot for a coordinated and interlinked set of calculated hit jobs.”


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