Listen Liberal: or whatever happened to the party of the people

Author(s): Thomas Frank


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'Over the past four decades, Frank argues, the Democrats have embraced a new favourite constituency: the professional class -- the doctors, lawyers, engineers, programmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, financiers and other so-called creatives whose fetish for academic credentials and technological innovation has infected the party of the working class ... For that class, Frank argues, income and wealth inequality is not a problem but an inevitable condition.' - Washington Post;'An astute dissection of contemporary Democratic politics that demonstrates, cogently and at times acidly, how the party lost the allegiance of blue-collar Americans.' - Publisher's Weekly;'A tough and thought-provoking look at what's wrong with America ... Frank puts forth an impressive catalog of Democratic disappointments, more than enough to make liberals uncomfortable.' - Booklist;'Thomas Frank's new book Listen, Liberal documents a half-century of work by the Democratic elite to belittle working people and exile their concerns to the fringes of the party's platform. If the prevailing ideology of the Republican establishment is that of a sneering aristocracy, Democratic elites are all too often the purveyors of a smirking meritocracy that offers working people very little.' - Huffington Post;'As with Frank's other books, Listen, Liberal is a piece of contemporary history that tells us not only what the powerful are up to, but how the trick is being pulled, with an admirable deployment of irony ... While his previous books are essentially about devils being devils, this one shows how the angels have fallen further than they realise.' -Prospect;'A must-read' - Naomi Klein;'Thoroughly entertaining ... An unabashed polemic ... Frank delights in skewering the sacred cows of coastal liberalism, including private universities, bike paths, microfinance, the Clinton Foundation, "well-meaning billionaires" and any public policy offering "innovation" or "education" as a solution to inequality.' - New York Times Book Review;'A must-read for entrepreneurs who want to understand what's happening this year in politics and business.' -


General Fields

  • : 9781925321739
  • : Scribe Publications
  • : Scribe Publications
  • : 0.338
  • : June 2016
  • : 210mm X 136mm X 24mm
  • : Australia
  • : July 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thomas Frank
  • : Paperback
  • : 816
  • : en
  • : 320.51
  • : 320