Here is the review I posted on Amazon to Nancy MacLean's new book, Democracy in Chains
08 August 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Don't be put off reading this book by the 31 percent of bad reviews. Many are by Koch toadies and others who think libertarianism is God's revealed word. They quibble mercilessly and sometimes properly with the author's scholarship on details, but nowhere do any of them come close to dealing with the author's central thesis which is there has been a sixty-year campaign 1) to make libertarianism mainstream by Koch & Friends and 2) to eventually take over the government itself, with a relentless campaign planned to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and, more closely at hand, change the Constitution to suit them and destroy much of government and in particular the federal safety net.
This is libertarianism on the warpath. Almost 30 states have already resolved to call for a constitutional convention. Most such legislatures are already bought off and controlled by ALEC and conservatives.supporting Koch and Friends. Worse, the states are planning to ratify constitutional amendments by state legislative vote, without public referendums or constitutional conventions of citizens. If you are not alarmed, you should be.
The core tenets of libertarianism are 1) lower taxes are better and needed for growth (False); 2) smaller government is better for freedom and liberty (also False) and 3) goverment should not interfere in markets or the economy (False) All are wrong as an evidentiary and empirical matter.
Countries with high taxes and better and proportionally bigger governments (as a percentage of GDP), which are more involved in markets and the economy, a) have higher growth rates, b) are more prosperous overall, c) have greater personal and economic freedom d) have lower income inequality, e) have more stable and fairer markets and d) have milder recessions. Libertarianism has no evidence to support its positions and it is nothing more than a program for billionaires to do what they want, unfettered by government, and to have them run roughshod over the American countryside and over the American people. Wait and see.