I keep having to push the timeline back. Thought it was the black guy getting elected that caused this. Thought it was Ronald Reagan that deregulated the banks leading to the Great Recession. Thought it was the Koch brothers. It is! It may have started in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education. Hmmm. Maybe need to rethink that. Started with the genocide of the Native Americans.
When the Supreme Court decided, in the 1954 case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Tennessee-born economist James McGill Buchanan was horrified. Over the course of the next few decades, the libertarian thinker found comfortable homes at a series of research universities and spent his time articulating a new grand vision of American society, a country in which government would be close to nonexistent, and would have no obligation to provide education—or health care, or old-age support, or food, or housing—to anyone.https://slate.com/human-interest/2017/06/james-mcgill-buchanans-terrifying-vision-of-society-is-the-intellectual-basis-of-the-far-right.html
Buchanan then became part of Koch Brothers plan. Maybe a key part. His name keeps coming up.