• What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

  • By: Thomas Frank
  • Narrated by: Thomas Frank
  • Length: 44 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (582 ratings)

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What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

By: Thomas Frank
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Publisher's summary

In this lecture, Thomas Frank distills the central argument from his New York Times best seller, What's the Matter With Kansas?, which unravels the great political mystery of our day: why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? In this special recorded lecture, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas, a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager audiences for a backlash that he calls a "derangement", the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment.

In his concise, reasoned approach, Frank charts how the "great backlash mobilizes votes with explosive social issues", marshalling cultural anger to achieve economic ends. As a result, conservatism, once a marker of class privilege and now the creed of millions of ordinary Americans, has become a "working class movement that has done incalculable harm to the middle class".

©2004 Thomas Frank

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