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Title:
Listen, liberal, or, What ever happened to the party of the people?
Author:
Frank, Thomas, 1965- author.
ISBN:
9781627795395

9781250118134
Edition:
First edition.
Physical 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.
Abstract:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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NAMED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN"

From the bestselling author of What's the Matter With Kansas , a scathing look at the failures of liberal politics, a book that helps explain the shocking outcome of the 2016 presidential election

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 therich and the poor in America.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Listen, Liberalp. 1
1 Theory of the Liberal Classp. 15
2 How Capitalism Got Its Groove Backp. 44
3 The Economy, Stupidp. 62
4 Agents of Changep. 81
5 It Takes a Democratp. 106
8 The Hipster and the Banker Should Be Friendsp. 124
7 How the Crisis Went to Wastep. 139
8 The Defects of a Superior Mindp. 159
9 The Blue State Modelp. 176
10 The Innovation Classp. 197
11 Liberal Giltp. 217
Conclusion: Trampling Out the Vineyardp. 246
Notesp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Indexp. 295