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TonySharkks | 13 points | Feb 16 2018 04:54:13

[Book] Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People (epub) | Megalinks MegaDB [Book] Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People (epub)


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 the rich and the poor in America. -goodreads

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This is the book that Jimmy Dore talks about often and mentioned on the recent Joe Rogan podcast.


[-] rednight39 | 1 points | Feb 17 2018 03:23:25

Huh. Sounds interesting. Thanks.

I find part of the blurb a bit misleading, but I'm all for examining different opinions.


[-] TonySharkks | 3 points | Feb 17 2018 03:56:10

Yeah, the blurb isn't very good at explaining or even hyping the book up. It's the best one I could find, though. It's a book I would recommend anyone interested in the current political paradigm, especially if you come from the progressive/liberal/Democrat/"left" persuasion. Here's an article by the author explaining where he's coming from if you or any others want to know a little more before diving into the book.


[-] rednight39 | 1 points | Feb 17 2018 04:03:48