Books: ‘Listen, Liberal’ and ‘The Limousine Liberal’

Liberals may be experiencing mixed emotions these days. The prospect of a Trump presidency has raised urgent fears: of the nation’s fascist tendencies, of the potential for riots in the streets. At the same time, many liberals have expressed a grim satisfaction in watching the Republican Party tear itself apart. Whatever terrible fate might soon befall the nation, the thinking goes, it’s their fault, not ours. They are the ones stirring up the base prejudices and epic resentments of America’s disaffected white working class, and they must now reap the whirlwind.

In his new book, the social critic Thomas Frank ­poses another possibility: that liberals in general — and the Democratic Party in particular — should look inward to understand the sorry state of American politics. Too busy attending TED talks and ­vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Frank argues, the Democratic elite has abandoned the party’s traditional commitments to the working class. In the process, they have helped to create the political despair and anger at the heart of today’s right-wing insurgencies. They may also have sown the seeds of their own demise. Frank’s recent columns argue that the Bernie Sanders campaign offers not merely a challenge to Hillary Clinton, but a last-ditch chance to save the corrupted soul of the Democratic Party.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    ” … the Bernie Sanders campaign offers not merely a challenge to Hillary Clinton, but a last-ditch chance to save the corrupted soul of the Democratic Party.”
    Bernie only seems uncorrupted by comparison to Hitlery, who leaves a slime trail.

    • It’s a low bar;)

    • Alain

      There is no soul to save.

  • Dana Garcia

    If liberals cared about the working stiff, they wouldn’t be demanding open borders and millions of excess immigrant workers who drive down wages and vote Democrat.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      While simultaneously passing fifteen dollar minimum wage rates to make them all dependent on government money they don’t really have.

  • Minicapt

    Thomas Frank is the type of progressive Democrat who finds Justine admirable and probably an eventual intellectual colossus, And he hates normal people.
    http://www.amazon.ca/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives-America-ebook/dp/B003J4VEM2

    Cheers