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Coming Up On Interchange – It Takes A Democrat: An Interview with Thomas Frank

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Next time on Interchange, “It Takes a Democrat: Selling Out Solidarity.”

We’re joined by Thomas Frank, bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, whose latest book Listen, Liberal asks the question, “Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” With a focus on the metamorphosis of the Democratic Party from New Deal to New Democrats, centered in the presidency of Bill Clinton, Frank makes plain where once there was a party dedicated to the the working class and the commonwealth, there is now a political operation dedicated to professional class interests and obsessed with Ivy League expertise. With the myth of meritocracy at hand to justify billion-dollar bonuses and get-out-of-jail-free cards, the Party of Experts explains away inequality as simply the failure of some to adapt to the “new economy” — all while it turns away from the average working people who used to constitute its base.

Selling Out Solidarity, next time on Interchange, Tuesdays at 5:30 pm on WFHB.

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