Thomas Frank


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Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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What's the Matter with Kans...

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Listen, Liberal: Or, What E...

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The Wrecking Crew: How Cons...

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Pity the Billionaire: The H...

3.79 avg rating — 1,657 ratings — published 2012 — 17 editions
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The Conquest of Cool: Busin...

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Commodify Your Dissent: Sal...

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One Market Under God: Extre...

3.88 avg rating — 576 ratings — published 2000 — 8 editions
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Rendezvous with Oblivion: R...

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The Baffler:  No. 12

4.03 avg rating — 29 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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“And libertarianism is good because it helps conservatives pass off a patently pro-business 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 America these days is not because libertarianism has 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

“For decades, Americans have experienced a populist uprising that only benefits the people it is supposed to be targeting.... The angry workers, mighty in their numbers, are marching irresistibly against the arrogant. They are shaking their fists at the sons of privilege. They are laughing at the dainty affectations of the Leawoof toffs. They are massing at the gates of Mission Hills, hoisting the black flag, and while the millionaires tremble in their mansions, they are bellowing out their terrifying demands. 'We are here,' they scream, 'to cut your taxes.”
Thomas Frank, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America



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