Thomas Frank





Thomas Frank

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Thomas Frank is the author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. The founding editor of The Baffler and a contributing editor at Harper’s, he is also a Wall Street Journal weekly columnist. He has received a Lannan award and been a guest columnist for The New York Times. Frank lives in Washington, D.C.


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What's the Matter with Kans...
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The Wrecking Crew: How Cons...
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Pity the Billionaire: The H...
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Commodify Your Dissent: Sal...
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The Conquest of Cool: Busin...
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One Market Under God: Extre...
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 363 ratings — published 2000 — 8 editions
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The Baffler: Vol. 2, No. 1
4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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The Baffler Magazine #14: T...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2001
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The Baffler:  No. 12
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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October 2008, Thomas Frank
"We have lots of theories about what's wrong with Washington, but they tend to be the theories developed by the right back in the 1970s about liberals. Liberalism is the root of all evil, and when someone does something wrong it is because they've become more liberal. But that theory really doesn't hold water, and very obviously so. My object was to come up with the theory for the conservative state — what made it tick. " ...More

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“Libertarianism is good because it helps conservatives pass off a patently probusiness political agenda as a noble bid for human freedom. Whatever we may think of libertarianism as a set of ideas, practically speaking, it is a doctrine that owes its visibility to the obvious charms it holds for the wealthy and the powerful. The reason we have so many well-funded libertarians in American these days is not because libertarianism suddenly acquired an enormous grassroots following, but because it appeals to those who are able to fund ideas. Like social Darwinism and Christian Science before it, libertarianism flatters the successful and rationalizes their core beliefs about the world. They warm to the libertarian idea that taxation is theft because they themselves don’t like to pay taxes. They fancy the libertarian notion that regulation is communist because they themselves find regulation intrusive and annoying. Libertarianism is a politics born to be subsidized. In the “free market of ideas,” it is a sure winner.”
Thomas Frank, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

“Corruption is uniquely reprehensible in a democracy because it violates the system's first principle, which we all learned back in the sunshiny days of elementary school: that the government exist to serve the public, not particular companies or individuals or even elected officials. ”
Thomas Frank, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

“...the people at the top know what they have to do to stay there, and in a pinch they can easily overlook the sweaty piety of the new Republican masses, the social conservatives who raise their voices in praise of Jesus but cast their votes for Caesar.”
Thomas Frank, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America



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