Thomas Frank

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Listen, Liberal!

Listen, Liberal!

The subject of Listen, Liberal! is the Democratic Party’s failure over the last few decades to do anything really meaningful about income inequality.

Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. This is not for lack of opportunity: Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages go nowhere, and the free-trade deals keep coming.

The standard explanation for the Democrats’ failure are the rise of the right, which is supposed to be in league with the devil, and the way money-in-politics works its ugly will. I have described both of these in previous books. But as explanations for the Democrats’ failure they are ultimately inadequate, as is the favorite pundit theory that our Federal government is simply incapable of making big, sweeping turns.

What I propose in this book is something else: that the Democrats are a class party in the most basic sense of the phrase, and that the socioeconomic group whose interests they represent most enthusiastically--the satisfied and prosperous professional class--simply doesn’t care all that much about income inequality.

In addition to the startling and/or obvious facts I present to support this theory, “Listen, Liberal” contains: A look back at the “New Politics” and “Neo-Liberal” movements, a searching examination of the achievements of the Clinton presidency, a visit with the “creative class,” a conjecture or two about Obama’s fascination with tech, a Clinton Foundation event MC’d by Hillary herself, and of course a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

Taken as a whole, it is an attempt to understand the epidemic of liberal disillusionment as a genuine phenomenon rather than just to brush it off. It’s a meditation on a time in which middle America has crumbled, Wall Street has prospered, and hopeful liberals found themselves betrayed again and again and again.

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Pourquoi Les Riches Votent à  Gauche

Pourquoi Les Riches Votent à Gauche

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Pity the Billionaire

Pity the Billionaire

In Pity the Billionaire, Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, examines the peculiar mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous. The understanding Frank reaches is at once startling, original, and profound.

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Arme Milliardare

Arme Milliardare

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The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Casting his eyes from the Bush administration's final months of plunder to the earliest days of the Republican revolution, Thomas Frank uncovers the deep logic behind the graft and incompetence of conservatives in power.

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What's the Matter with Kansas?

Kansas, once home to farmers who marched against "money power," is now solidly Republican. In this scathing and high-spirited polemic, this fact is not just "the mystery of Kansas" but "the mystery of America."

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Pourquoi les pauvres votent à droite

Pourquoi les pauvres votent à droite

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One Market Under God

One Market Under God

It was the age of the focus group, of the vox populi transformed into flesh, descended to earth and holding forth majestically in poll results...

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The Conquest of Cool

The Conquest of Cool

For as long as America is torn by culture wars, the 1960s will remain the historical terrain of conflict...

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La conquista de lo cool

La conquista de lo cool

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Boob Jubilee

Boob Jubilee

For a magazine dedicated to debunking the fantasies generated by the American business culture, the final years of the twentieth century overflowed with bounty.

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Commodify Your Dissent

Commodify Your Dissent

Capitalism is changing, obviously and drastically.

The national best-selling anthology of Baffler wit and contumely. With an introduction by Lewis Lapham.

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