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How the right’s phony patriotism is destroying America
In his book “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America,” best-selling author Kurt Andersen connects the marketing of nostalgia for an idealized American past to the organized campaign led by big business over the last four decades to destroy unions, public schools, progressive taxation and the middle class.
Andersen’s highly readable history provides some bracing context for our current political moment, including the raft of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions rolling back affirmative action and debt relief for college students and snatching away rights from women and LGBTQ people. Those decisions are the culmination of a decades-long campaign to crush opportunity, undermine democracy and buttress the wealth and power of elites.