READ AUDIOBOOK ☆ Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right - by Thomas Frank #2020


  • Title: Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
  • Author: Thomas Frank
  • ISBN: 9780805093698
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right By Thomas Frank From the bestselling author of What s the Matter with Kansas , comes this insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism.Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for financial reform or at least it was commonly assumed that it would But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look forFrom the bestselling author of What s the Matter with Kansas , comes this insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism.Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for financial reform or at least it was commonly assumed that it would But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he found were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession s victims and that society s traditional winners receive even grander prizes The American Right, which had seemed moribund after the election of 2008, had been reinvigorated by the arrival of hard times The Tea Party movement demanded not that we question the failed system but that we reaffirm our commitment to it as Republicans in Congress took the opportunity to dismantle what they could of the remaining liberal state and Glenn Beck demonstrated the commercial potential of fueling the national angst, while each promoted the libertarian Randian economics which arch Randian, Alan Greenspan, had already admitted produced exactly the opposite results than those expected.In Pity the Billionaire, Frank, the chronicler of American paradox, examines the peculiar mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered the current set of seemingly unexpected political results Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us a diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous.
    Thomas Frank
    Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What s the Matter with Kansas A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper s, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for Salon He lives outside Washington, D.C.

    Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right By Thomas Frank

    Commentaires:

    BillKerwin
    I enjoyed this book when I read it about a week and a half ago, but now that I sit down to write about it I can t remember any of it clearly, and I think that might be because it didn t give me anything new to think about, I think this might because Thomas Frank doesn t have anything new to say I loved What s the Matter with Kansas a book that gave me a new perspective from which to analyze the growth of the new right, a book that helped explain why working class white voters vote Republican aga [...]

    Angela
    When I read What s the Matter With Kansas several years ago, I finished the book determined to conduct any future political discussions with a focus on how economic social justice issues are inseparable from personal morality that is, if one claims to be a Christian , one cannot ignore one s responsibility to care for the needy and the oppressed, and said responsibility includes approving and encouraging government assistance such as food stamps, disaster relief, and jobs programs.It s been a ve [...]

    Donna
    In the financial meltdown that punctuated the end of the G W Bush administration, sixteen trillion dollars in household wealth was incinerated on the pyre Wall Street had kindled Some of that was my wealth and unless you happen to be a member of the now infamous 1% some of it was undoubtedly yours And we are still feeling the effects of those losses.That s 16,000,000,000,000 in household wealth, middle class wealth the homes and jobs and hard earned savings of ordinary folks We re not talking he [...]

    Steve
    American Horror Story A real one that shows how a major political party was taken over by brainless zombies wearing tri corner hats, waving flags with chopped up snakes, while driving 40,000 SUVs Frank delivers up a useful primer on the Tea Party, and salts it with just the right amount of snark As a special bonus, he guts Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged, and with genuine literary flair The book, by design, is not meant to be balanced, but late in the book he does serve up some shots for the Obama adm [...]

    thewestchestarian
    My opponent is a known raging heterosexual The easiest means of getting yourself elected is to draw the voter s focus to how bad the other guy is Of course, the problem that develops over time, as we see from modern American politics, is that eventually voters lose trust in the system as a whole because everyone in it is covered in slung mud Frank s book takes this tactic and applies it to the current phase of Fox News driven conservatism Essentially, his argument boils down to if they are this [...]

    Clif Hostetler
    Outrage apparently doesn t lead to reason At least according to this author there was no reasoned response to the outrage that followed the 2008 economic meltdown This book reviews the political reactions to the sub prime mortgage crisis from a liberal s point of view and finds plenty to criticize on both sides of the political spectrum Everyone agrees that there s plenty cause for outrage at the way a small number of investment bankers nearly brought the world economy to its knees A response ba [...]

    Susan in NC
    This was a fun, fast yet depressing read it just reminds the reader of the ridiculously upside down logic or lack thereof that has lead countless Americans to somehow vote against common sense and against their own best interests in the aftermath of the global financial meltdown Frank is snarky, fierce and funny and I enjoyed his writing it s not his fault that a large portion of the American people have allowed themselves to be manipulated by master showmen like Glenn Beck I don t know how anyo [...]

    Kate Woods Walker
    Thomas Frank once again takes a measured look at the seemingly irrational forces that keep U.S social, economic and political forces going ever rightward, despite the stunning failures of every single solitary tenet of the Supply Side Fundamentalist Randian faith, and just as he did in What s the Matter with Kansas comes up with plausible reasons for the collective insanity that threatens our gasping, frail republic.Along the way, Pity the Billionaire prompts than a few laughs mostly of the gal [...]

    Michael
    This is a difficult book to write about, and I m not quite sure where to start I read Thomas Frank s book What s the Matter With Kansas a few years back and really enjoyed it Mr Frank, at the time, had assumed the mantle of a modern day prairie populist, like a 21st century William Jennings Bryan, who set out to understand how the people of Kansas or anywhere in Red State America could be so foolish to vote for the likes of George W Bush over John Forbes Kerry Frank was amazed that the people of [...]

    Todd Martin
    As we enter the 2012 election cycle, chances are you ve asked yourself on than one occasion What the hell is wrong with these people Unregulated finance companies leveraged beyond their means trading in credit default swaps almost bring about global financial collapse and instead of responding with strong regulations to reign in these abuses we have free market zealots clamoring for less government intervention and of what brought about the catastrophe People with pre existing health condition [...]

    Jim Braly
    For any American who hasn t noticed that the economy has tanked, Pity the Billionaire will get you caught up on the details oh, wait, the people who haven t noticed that the economy has tanked are the billionaires.If you liked the way George W Bush cut taxes for the rich, ran up the budget deficit with two wars he refused to pay for, and deregulated Wall Street so it could give us the back of its invisible hand, then you have the chance to go through that again Through the miracle of dishonest R [...]

    Dr. Lloyd E. Campbell
    I m fascinated by how the present determines the story we tell ourselves about the past Presently, Republicans and Democrats are vying for positions of power Most at stake is the probable appointments of four Supreme Court Justices Neither side will want to compromise much in these appointments In light of these upcoming decisions Thomas Frank s book is alarming.According to Frank, the Republican Party has been hijacked by a group of people who hate government, worship Free Market Economics and [...]

    Lucas
    I expected of a middle of the road historical assessment of the economic collapse here, along with an analysis of how American society, especially our middle and lower classes, has responded to its aftermath The beginning chapters of the book, including one that related the American popular response to the Great Depression and those responsible for causing it, were a great way to start this analysis However, this book quickly degrades into it s all their fault language, and I found that disappo [...]

    Al
    An attempt to explain the post crash turn rightward, when all previous history suggested that a turn to the left was inevitable, this book is pretty boilerplate Thomas Frank If you re a super fan, like me, that s fine, even if many of the themes market dogma, the right s attempt to dismantle government, the boondoggling of the middle class into voting against their apparent best interests are familiar from his other work One Market Under God, The Wrecking Crew, and What s The Matter With Kansas, [...]

    Margie
    Three and a half stars.Frank makes some good points, but I wish it were a little bit well documented and a bit less sardonic.I ve not yet read What s the Matter With Kansas How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, but have read several reviews that mention his incredulity at Kansans credulity That same sense of can you believe these idiots runs through this book, as well That, along with the repeated attacks on Glenn Beck deserving though they may be , cause this book to veer a bit too much [...]

    Geoffrey Fox
    More serious than it appears from the jokey presentation, it is a case study of how manipulation of the media and repetition of misleading terms can fool the swindled into supporting their swindlers The current example being the US Tea Party , through which the very rich mobilize the poor in defense of something they call liberty which means basically letting the big corporations get away with anything Fortunately, as Obama s re election demonstrated and Lincoln reminded us a century and a half [...]

    Ron Davidson
    I would recommend the audio version, read by the author he reads with passion, making the book almost become an extended lecture, rather than simply a dry polemic Although it does have a bit of dryness in spots, where points are occasionally overdone hence four stars, not five As other reviewers have noted, it probably won t recruit converts, but it lays out the case against our current corporate worship political culture, sparing no one including the New Democrats, a product of the Clinton era, [...]

    Melissa Acuna
    Thomas Frank begins the laying out a very strong case against the GOP s economic and tax policy platforms He begins with well documented background on the financial crisis Unfortunately, mid way through the case, he digresses into anecdotes as if he s made the case that things have gone from bad to worse due to Republican influence and policy and he realizes it s going to continue to get even worse It s s quick read and worth the price of the book for the first few chapters and you re forgiven i [...]

    Kifflie
    This is a well written, concise account of how the Right hijacked the economic crisis of 2008 to their own ends Starting with Rick Santelli s notorious rant from the Chicago Board of Trade, and continuing with the Tea Parties about as phony a populist movement as one can imagine Frank gets all the major points across with humor I find his approach refreshing compared to the overwrought profanity of Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone.

    Dee
    I won this book as a First Read It presents an interesting explaination as to how the US ran so far to the right when, historically speaking, we should have been sprinting in the opposite direction it s nice to see that the whole world hasn t gone crazy thinking that the way to fix things is to do of the same.

    Jason
    I consider myself a liberal and was assuming this would be a guilty pleasure It turned out to be a waste of time.

    David Schwinghammer
    Some might think Thomas Frank, author of WHAT S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS, might be writing from a liberal perspective To a degree he is, but he saves some of his best barbs for the Obama administration.Frank starts out trying to explain what led to the mortgage meltdown He is especially struck by the similarity between what happened today with what happened in 1929 Three Republican presidents did everything they could to deregulate Wall Street It was a boom period People were buying stocks on marg [...]

    JD Newick
    An account of the rise of the Tea Party, and the strange emergence of populist demands for further neoliberal free market policies in the USA the title is a reference to the Tea Party and Republican Party s recent trend to portray the rich as victims of Big Government and the supposed Socialist policies which Barack Obama is accused of pursuing Frank puts the Tea Party in the context of left wing populist movements of the past, such as the New Left of the 1960s and, specifically, the rise of FD [...]

    Paul Frandano
    A book that almost certainly went to the publisher a month or two too soon Released in January 2012, just in time for the onset of the national political debate in a Presidential election year, author Thomas Frank missed the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which would have resulted in a useful chapter or two of counterpoint to his wry, gloomy polemic against the GOP s capture of the economic hardship flag following the Wall Street induced near collapse of the US and global economies The title, and [...]

    Owen
    I don t often read current affairs books, even when I already know I ll agree with them, because what I see in the daily headlines makes me mad enough I picked up this one because an article in our local paper pointed out that Thomas Frank wrote much of it in the very Port Townsend Public Library where I checked it out Now, I ve followed Frank since Baffler 6 way back in 95 and by the way, it s pretty amazing that they kept my subscription live through fires, multi year hiatuses in publishing, c [...]

    Stephen
    In absolute horror and frustration to the political gyrations of mid century America, I read with fascination Frank s book What s the Matter With Kansas watched the documentary as well I had read his Commodify Your Dissent in graduate school and loved his use of language and irreverence This new book does for the economic collapse depression great recession what Kansas provided to political discourse linked with a dose of financial pablum The resurgence of the right in 2010 is completely beyond [...]

    Stewart
    The most important book I ve read explaining what has happened politically in this country since the early 1970s is What s the Matter With Kansas by Thomas Frank I ve recommended the book to family and friends and mailed or given it in person as gifts Frank is back this year 2012 with a short book updating that seminal work He tries to explain how the Far Right used the economic crisis of 2008 09 to win the House of Representatives and many governorships in November 2010 Pity the Billionaire The [...]

    Adam
    This is a 4.5 stars out of 5 review The book does an excellent job of drawing parallels between the Great Depression and the 2008 Financial Crisis It shows where the answers to each respective crisis diverged A great short history of the rights response Frank reveals the deep and stifling hypocrisy of the Tea Party and their populist leaders It s maddening to read about the banksters before and after the crisis Is even maddening to hear the rights response A call for all the policies that got u [...]

    Mark Valentine
    Last week in The New York Times there was an article profiling working class Americans in a small town in Minnesota who received ample subsidies, welfare, and handouts from the Federal Government but still voted for Tea Party candidates to roll back and even suspend such things What gives with that They owe their sustenance to those whom they love to hate They don t realize that the images of small men usually arise and persist widely only because big men find good use for them C Wright Mills, i [...]

    Adam
    A succinct, snarky summary of the rise of the Tea Party movement and the cunning ways in which the usual power players have obfuscated the story of the economic collapse Frank is skilled in showing how voters are manipulated to vote against their interests it s his calling card and that theme from What s the Matter With Kansas How Conservatives Won the Heart of America continues here It may wind up being valuable as a historical document for later readers having lived through a lot of this craz [...]

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