Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People by Thomas Frank

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Read Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People Online Free - From the bestselling author of What's the Matter With Kansas, a scathing look at the standard-bearers of liberal politics -- a book that asks: what's the matter with Democrats?

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's Listen, Liberal 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.

Title : Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People
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ISBN : 1627795391
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Brad rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2016

Thomas Frank stirs up my aggravation with our political system as no other person can. He excoriates the Democratic Party for selling out the American People (those not part of the Top Ten Percent). I read many passages of this book aloud to my wife, and both of us were like, "Damn, Thomas Frank!...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

March 28, 2016

Monica Lewinsky saved social security. I am a lifelong Democrat. I am a working man. I am so depressed by this book. I highly recommend it.

Sebastien rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2017

Damning critique of the neoliberal wing of the Democratic party. I pretty much agree with most (heck all!) of Franks’ analysis, although he veers into a full blown sarcastic polemic. Which is ok I guess, I mean, I agree with his points and his arguments but sometimes the anger is so seething that...

Hana rated it ★★★★★

April 28, 2016

There was a time when America worked. Not just for the well-born and expensively educated. But for millions of working class men and women whose jobs paid enough for them to live comfortably, own a home, maybe send the kids to college. How did we go from this? And this? To this? And this. It took a ne...

Dean rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2016

Hot damn. This is a gallon of lighter fluid for that liberal fire you've been stoking in your heart. Far too few writers are willing to take our own Democratic Party to task for its failings and flaws. Must read for anyone hoping for politics that value people over profits.

Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

November 28, 2016

(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.) Like many others, I was shocked and saddened to witness the election of Donald Trump as President last m...

Ben rated it ★★★☆☆

March 31, 2016

A valid critique of the Democratic Party, which has been historically cast as the ally of the working man. Frank points out that recent decades have seen a shift in the party toward the center, as it embraces well-moneyed and socially liberal professionals as its new base, effectively leaving the...

Melora rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2016

Wow. Even allowing for exaggeration (Frank, a truly outraged liberal, piles the vituperation on here with all the fury of a betrayed lover) this is a dismaying expose of the failures of the Democratic party. And I'll admit, to my shame, that I would probably have written him off as a disgruntled...

Trish rated it ★★★☆☆

April 19, 2017

Frank’s thesis in this book is that Democrats have not been effective creating a party that changes with the demands of the country. Democrats lost the last presidential election, not because Trump was so good, but because the Dems were so inadequate. "When it comes to the ‘defining challenge of...

Peter rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2017

Democrats in the postwar period used to be the party of the people. They stood on the side of unions and working people. That is not today's Democrats. Obviously, the Dems are the only sane option these days. They eschew homophobia, overt racism, and xenophobia and have sane policies. However, th...

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