Watch this: In the video link below The Zero Hour with Richard “RJ” Eskow interviews Thomas Frank about his new book Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? In the interview Eskrow mentions Frank’s thesis book (The Conquest of Cool) which depicted how “the cultural revolution of the 60’s was co-oped by Madison Avenue”. That made my ears perk up, as I remember being appalled as a recent hippie/college graduate watching as stores began selling mass produced tie dyed tee shirts. I thought “it is over”. One of the most basic symbols back to Woodstock has been turned into a tool to use against us. It was as if the infiltration was complete or maybe we simply no longer cared. We had definitely lost our focus. The discussion between Eskow and Frank takes this loss of focus forward to today.
They discuss other changes, for instance the “Democratic Party which used to be the party of the working man”. Today, however, things have morphed into something very different. Today, while “the Republican Party is considered the party of the 1%, the Democratic Party has become the party of the 10%”. The amazing thing says Frank is “that this change took place out in the open and the democrats talk about it all the time, but for whatever reason, the general public doesn’t know it”. And amazingly “as Democrats continue with their old, misguided old view of their party and the party continues to fail to deliver they are increasingly frustrated”. Franks synopsis is simple. “They (the Democratic Party) are not who we think they are”. Frank says he relies on a lot of sociological concepts as basis for his theories although “he is not a sociologist. He says the Democratic party “is doing what they believe in, what they think is right, they’re just not doing it for you (the common or working man)”. Unless of course you are in that little group of the 10% and there-in lies the dilemma. There is really no party that represents the 90%, those sinking to the bottom. As Bernie Sanders says what we have here in American is an oligarchy. How we got it is very complicated. Revolution anyone?
Frank’s previous books include: What’s The Matter With Kansas, Pity The Billionaire, One Market Under God and The Conquest of Cool.