What's the Matter with Kansas?

What's the Matter with Kansas?

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One of qour most insightful social observersq* cracks the great political mystery of our time: how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank turns his eye on what he calls the qthirty-year backlashq--the populist revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment. The high point of that backlash is the Republican Party's success in building the most unnatural of alliances: between blue-collar Midwesterners and Wall Street business interests, workers and bosses, populists and right-wingers. In asking qwhat 's the matter with Kansas?q--how a place famous for its radicalism became one of the most conservative states in the union--Frank, a native Kansan and onetime Republican, seeks to answer some broader American riddles: Why do so many of us vote against our economic interests? Where's the outrage at corporate manipulators? And whatever happened to middle-American progressivism? The questions are urgent as well as provocative. Frank answers them by examining pop conservatism--the bestsellers, the radio talk shows, the vicious political combat--and showing how our long culture wars have left us with an electorate far more concerned with their leaders' qvaluesq and down-home qualities than with their stands on hard questions of policy. A brilliant analysis--and funny to boot--What's the Matter with Kansas? presents a critical assessment of who we are, while telling a remarkable story of how a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs came to convince a nation that they spoke on behalf of the People. *Los Angeles TimesBy 1999, Sprint was the largest employer in the Kansas City area and was building a colossal corporate campus in the ... Park that would incorporate 3.9 million square feet of office space, sixteen parking garages, and its own zip code.

Title:What's the Matter with Kansas?
Author: Thomas Frank
Publisher:Macmillan - 2007-04-01

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