In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working
America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in The Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the
Washington those politicians have given us, showing why, no matter what happens
in November 2008, we’re stuck with it for the foreseeable future.
Casting back to the early days of the conservative
revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to
dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they
claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some
industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a
private-sector bidding war. Washington itself has been remade into a golden
landscape of super-wealthy suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters. And
though arch-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has crashed and burned, the
government-by-entrepreneurship he pioneered so outrageously has become the law
of the land.
It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same
politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a
regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off
the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election
remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken
pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state.
Stamped with Frank’s audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit,
The Wrecking Crew is his most
revelatory work yet—and his most important.
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