What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

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  • Titel:What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
  • Dateiname: what-s-the-matter-with-kansas-how-conservatives-won-the-heart-of-america.pdf
  • ISBN: 303602805073396
  • Datum des Hochladens: 2020-01-15
  • Anzahl der Seiten: 674 Seiten
  • Autor: Thomas Frank
  • Verlag: Thomas Frank


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Amazon.de The largely blue collar citizens of Kansas can be counted upon to be a 'red' state in any election voting solidly Republican and possessing a deep animosity toward the left. This according to author Thomas Frank is a pretty self-defeating phenomenon given that the policies of the Republican Party benefit the wealthy and powerful at the great expense of the average worker. According to Frank the conservative establishment has tricked Kansans playing up the emotional touchstones of conservatism and perpetuating a sense of a vast liberal empire out to crush traditional values while barely ever discussing the Republicans' actual economic policies and what they mean to the working class. Thus the pro-life Kansas factory worker who listens to Rush Limbaugh will repeatedly vote for the party that is less likely to protect his safety less likely to protect his job and less likely to benefit him economically. To much of America Kansas is an abstract 'where Dorothy wants to return. Where Superman grew up.' But Frank a native Kansan separates reality from myth in What's the Matter with Kansas and tells the state's socio-political history from its early days as a hotbed of leftist activism to a state so entrenched in conservatism that the only political division remaining is between the moderate and more-extreme right wings of the same party. Frank the founding editor of The Baffler and a contributor to Harper's and The Nation knows the state and its people. He even includes his own history as a young conservative idealist turned disenchanted college Republican and his first-hand experience combined with a sharp wit and thorough reasoning makes his book more credible than the elites of either the left and right who claim to understand Kansas. --John Moe Pressestimmen 'Drunk on tax cuts favors for corporations and above all else their undying lust for the culture wars most of us lost interest in years ago conservatives have driven Middle America into a ditch Mr. Frank argues in this brilliant book. His examination of how the right has prolonged the battles over pop culture abortion and religion (and meanwhile accrued great power and financial gain) will not single-handedly eject President Bush from the White House—but it does contain the kind of nuanced ideas that should be talking points for the Kerry campaign . . . Mr. Frank's willingness to scold his own side; his irreverence and his facility with language; his ability to make the connections that other writers fail to make—all of this puts What's the Matter with Kansas? in a different league from most of the political books that have come out in recent years. Even better its understanding of the methodology that has given Republicans the Presidency and control of both houses of Congress makes it a road map for upending the G.O.P. Here's hoping somebody slips a copy to John Kerry.'—Kevin Canfield The New York Observer 'When I read Thomas Frank I hear a faint bugle in the background. It's the cavalry-to-the-rescue call: There you are surrounded by Republicans—outmanned outgunned and damn near out of both ammunition and humor—when up shows Thomas Frank. A heartland populist Frank is hilariously funny on what makes us red-staters different from blue-staters (not) and he actually knows evangelical Christians antiabortion activists gun-nuts and Bubbas. I promise y'all this is the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests. And Frank explores the subject with scholarship understanding passion and—thank you Mark Twain—such tart humor.'—Molly Ivins 'This is the true story of how conservatives punk'd a nation. Tom Frank has stripped the right-wing hustle to its core: It is bread and circuses—only without bread. Written like poem every line in its perfect place What's the Matter with Kansas? is the best new book I've read in years on any subject.'—Rick Perlstein author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of American Consensus 'A wise reporter and a splendid wit; Tom Frank understands the grassroots Right as well as anyone in America. He is the second coming of H. L. Mencken—but with much better politics.'—Michael Kazin author of The Populist Persuasion: An American History 'What's the Matter with Kansas? is the most insightful analysis of American right-wing pseudopopulism to come along in the last decade. As for Kansas: However far it's drifted into delusion you've got to love a state that could produce someone as wickedly funny compassionate and non-stop brilliant as Tom Frank.'—Barbara Enhrenreich author of Nickel and Dimed 'Frank combines top-flight journalism with first-person reflections to dig deep into the Kansas psyche. Both exhilarating and a little scary What's the Matter with Kansas? should help flat-landers and coastal types alike understand how traditional Republicanism gave way to the politics of the Christian Right in the heart of the heart of the country.'—Burdett Loomis professor and chair Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas'A fire-and-brimstone essay on false consciousness on the Great Plains. 'The poorest county in America . . . is on the Great Plains a region of struggling ranchers and dying farm towns' writes native Kansan and Baffler founding editor Frank 'and in the election of 2000 the Republican candidate for president George W. Bush carried it by a majority greater than 80 percent.' How Frank wonders can it be that such a polity—honest toilers descended from free-soil abolitionist progressives and prairie socialists—could back such a man who showed little concern then and has showed little concern since for the plight of the working class? And how can it be that such a place would forget its origins as a hotbed of what the historian Walter Prescott Webb called 'persistent radicalism' as the seedbed of Social Security and of agrarian reform to side with the bosses to back an ideology that promises the destruction of the liberal state's social-welfare safety net? Whatever the root causes many of which seem to have something to do with fear and loathing of big-city types and ethnic minorities Kansas voters—and even the Vietnam vets among them—seem to have picked up on the mantra that the 'snobs on the coasts' are the enemy and that Bush ('a man so ham-handed in his invocations of the Lord that he occasionally slips into blasphemy') and company are friends and deliverers . . . Even so he sees the tiniest ray of hope for modern progressives: after all he notes the one Kansas county that sports a NASCAR track went for Al Gore in 2000. A bracing unabashedly partisan and very smart work of red-state trendspotting.'—Kirkus Reviews Alle Produktbeschreibungen

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