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In this lecture, Thomas Frank distills the central argument from his New York Times best seller, What's the Matter With Kansas?, which unravels the great political mystery of our day: why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? In this special recorded lecture, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas, a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager audiences for a backlash that he calls a derangement, the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment.

In his concise, reasoned approach, Frank charts how the great backlash mobilizes votes with explosive social issues, marshalling cultural anger to achieve economic ends. As a result, conservatism, once a marker of class privilege and now the creed of millions of ordinary Americans, has become a working class movement that has done incalculable harm to the middle class. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Domagalski | 2/18/2014

    " a good book that should fill you with information, a chuckle or two and perhaps a deep sense of outrage at how America lost its mind "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina Mitchell | 2/11/2014

    " That explains a lot, and absolutely nothing all at the same time. Right-wing arguments do not make sense to me -- morals are one thing, complete detrimental ignorance is another (of course, that comment is coming from a Liberal Elitist). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kian | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent and engaging history of the political changes in Kansas. Good insight as to why the middle of America is the way it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Hecht | 1/27/2014

    " Thomas Frank sets out to discover the roots of the conundrum of Kansas where voters consistently elect politicians who vote against the economic interests on their constituents and through a serious of anecdotes, interviews and observations lays out the problem with our politics in country. In a two party system where the two parties have leave economic issues out of the equation, all that's left to fight over is the culture war: abortion, evolution, obscenity in the media, prayer in school, posting of the ten commandments. As the Democratic party under the DLC has moved further the right to court socially liberal upwardly mobile inhabitants of "Cupcake Land", the workers and unionists who were traditionally the core of the party's base have been left behind. On the the other side, the bible-thumpers find solace in the Republican party that pays lip service to their cultural demands, but never acts on them. What the do act on is a set of policies, deregulation, lower taxation, privatization and reduced social services that enriches the already rich, and economically punishes the people who put them in office. It's pretty startling. Frank wrote this book back in 2004 at the height of Conservative power. Republicans held the White House and both chambers of Congress. If the election on Tuesday goes as the polls predicts, the pendulum will have completely swung around in four years with Democrats in control all executive and legislative branches. Oddly enough, one of the major catalysts will be the economic crises currently facing the country. Whether the Democrats can do anything about it once in power remains to be seen. Anyone concerned with the direction of American politics and wanting to understand the roots of our movement to a more conservative country would be well advised to check this one out. "

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