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Our number one social critic
on January 2, 2014
What is there not to love about Thomas Frank and his work? A brilliant vocabulary, a snarky and always effective way of mocking both sides, and a laser-like way of cutting through all the b.s. and obfuscation to the core of our societal and economic problems. While Frank is an unashamed liberal, in the best, old-fashioned sense of the word, he is harder on on today's neo and faux liberals than he is on their opposite. At least the right is effective. At least the right has core convictions. The left, or what passes for the left today, does not.
Pity the Billionaire explains why, rather than a return to enlightened and effective policies of the thirties following the great recession, America has jerked even farther to the right. And as Frank would say, "The fault, gentle readers, rests with those who do the bidding of their fat cat friends -- that is, the Democrats." If you stand for nothing, anything, no matter how absurd on its face--and Frank points out how absurd is the populism emerging from the likes of Freedom works and Glenn Beck--will prevail.
Only a true idealist could be as splendidly cynical as Thomas Frank. While his prose at times is laugh out loud funny, beneath it lurks a most rare and admirable quality, the belief that words do matter and that standing up to the billionaires and their buds can return America to at least a modicum of compassion, fairness and equality. I am so grateful that Thomas Frank has not become so disheartened as to simply give up and go away.
Please continue fighting, Thomas, giving a voice to people like me who increasingly think, Why bother? That fighting the insane right with a flabby, corrupted political party that has long since lost its way is an exercise in self-torture. Perhaps it is. But so long as you keep on writing and keep on skewering our politicians and exhorting us weary liberals to keep on fighting, the least I can do is to embrace your grace and passion and tenacity with a measure of my own.