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Listen, liberal, or, What ever happened to the party of the people?

Author: Thomas Frank
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2016.
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"It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Frank
ISBN: 9781627795395 1627795391 9781627795401 1627795405 9781250118134 1250118131
OCLC Number: 908628802
Description: 305 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Listen, liberal --
Theory of the liberal class --
How capitalism got its groove back --
The economy, stupid --
Agents of change --
It takes a Democrat --
The hipster and the banker should be friends --
How the crisis went to waste --
The defects of a superior mind --
The Blue State model --
The innovation class --
Liberal gilt --
Conclusion: Trampling out the vineyard.
Other Titles: Listen, Liberal
What ever happened to the part of the people?
Responsibility: Thomas Frank.
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"It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. 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 keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming. With his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic, Frank lays bare the essence of the Democratic Party's philosophy and how it has changed over the years. A form of corporate and cultural elitism has largely eclipsed the party's old working-class commitment, he finds. For certain favored groups, this has meant prosperity. But for the nation as a whole, it is a one-way ticket into the abyss of inequality. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats to their historic goals-the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America"--

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Democrats are the *greater* evil.

by Tom2718 (WorldCat user published 2016-07-04) Excellent Permalink

If you think the Democrat is the lesser of two evils, read this book and think again.  Bill Clinton did far more damage than any Republican could have:  NAFTA.  Ending Aid to Families with Dependent Children.  Vastly ballooning the prison population.  Banking deregulation.

 

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