What's the matter with Democrats?

FRI, APR 8, 2016 (1:09:18)

It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Thomas Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. This is not for lack of opportunity: Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming.

+ BIO: 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. His latest book is Listen Liberal! Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?

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