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By Thomas Frank

From the bestselling writer of What's the problem With Kansas, a scathing examine the standard-bearers of liberal politics -- a ebook that asks: what is the subject with Democrats?

It is a frequent trust between liberals that if in basic terms Democrats can proceed to dominate nationwide elections, if purely these lousy Republicans are overwhelmed into submission, the rustic should be at the correct course.

yet this can be to essentially misunderstand the trendy Democratic get together. Drawing on years of study and first-hand reporting, Frank issues out that the Democrats have performed little to improve conventional liberal objectives: increasing chance, battling for social justice, and making sure that employees get a good deal. certainly, they've got scarcely dented the free-market consensus in any respect. this isn't for loss of chance: Democrats have occupied the White residence for 16 of the final twenty-four years, and but the decline of the center type has in basic terms sped up. Wall highway will get its bailouts, wages continue falling, and the free-trade bargains preserve coming.

along with his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating good judgment, Frank's Listen, Liberal lays naked the essence of the Democratic Party's philosophy and the way it has replaced through the years. a sort of company and cultural elitism has mostly eclipsed the party's outdated working-class dedication, he unearths. For definite preferred teams, this has intended prosperity. yet for the state as a complete, it's a one-way price ticket into the abyss of inequality. during this severe election 12 months, Frank remembers the Democrats to their historical goals-the purely option to opposite the ever-deepening rift among the wealthy and the bad in America.

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