For the first few weeks after publishing, all was going pretty well.Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, was “deeply important” and a “feat of American intellectual and political history,” said a review in Publishers Weekly.
The New York Times said the book joined an emerging corpus of important work of scholars and journalists that was “documenting the systematic, organized effort to undermine democracy and change the rules.”
But it didn’t take long for the apparatus of the “radical right” to swing into action, with attacks coming from many of the same individuals and institutions that the Duke University history professor documents in her book.
“At some point the libertarians, particularly people who are part of the apparatus in one way or another — either academics or the think-tanks — weighed in, and did the same thing with my work as they have done with climate science,” says MacLean.
“They don’t engage the central message but instead try and find what they imagine is a chink in the armor and they focus on that to try and undermine the credibility of the messenger rather than engage the substance of the message. They are still going… they’re very active.”
It is a frightening state of affairs in which we live today. People defending nature, speaking out about the circumstances surrounding AGW are treated like criminals and are receiving tremendous amounts of negativity. It will only get worse.