What's the Matter with Kansas? A Lecture

  • by Thomas Frank
  • Narrated by Thomas Frank
  • 0 hrs and 44 mins
  • Speech

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".

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Wish it was an unabridged copy of the book

This lecture was a good summary/teaser of the book itself, but I wish Audible had an unabridged copy of the book available for purchase.
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- S. Dillon

Read in 2016 to get ready for 2018 and 2020

Unfortunately, we lost in 2016. We got complacent and forgot about the working class. Let's not forget that we have the right economic policies to move this country forward. The Fight Continues.
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- prongs06

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio