Thomas Frank Quotes
A collection of quotes by Thomas Frank.
Thomas Frank is an American author, political commentator, and historian. Born on March 21, 1965, in Kansas City, Missouri, he grew up in a conservative family and attended the University of Kansas, where he studied history and American studies. Frank gained prominence through his incisive critique of American politics and culture, particularly in the realm of the working class.
He achieved widespread recognition with his book "What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" published in 2004. In this bestselling work, Frank explores the political transformation of his home state, dissecting why working-class citizens vote against their economic interests and support candidates who advocate for policies detrimental to their own well-being.
Throughout his career, Frank has continued to examine the dynamics of American society, dissecting the intersections of politics, culture, and economic strife. His subsequent books include "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule" (2008), "Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right" (2012), and "Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?" (2016).
Known for his sharp wit and critical analysis, Frank is a frequent contributor to various media outlets, including The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, and The Baffler. Through his writings and public commentary, he continues to shed light on the complexities of American politics and the forces that shape society, drawing attention to the challenges faced by the working class and the rising tide of economic inequality.
Our laws governing lobbying and campaign contributions have struck the right balance between the wishes of the people and those of private industry, so why are we so quick to doubt that the same great results can be achieved by putting the government's justice-dealing branch on the same market-based course?
The great fear that hung over the business community in the 1970s was death by regulation, and the great goal of the conservative movement, as it rose to triumph in the 1980s, was to remove that threat - to keep OSHA, the EPA, and the FTC from choking off entrepreneurship with their infernal meddling in the marketplace.
Maybe that first, gigantic deficit the Reaganites piled up was an accident, just a combination of deluded 'supply side' tax cuts and a huge bag of good stuff for the Pentagon. But pretty quickly conservatives discovered that deficits, when done correctly, did something really cool: deficits defunded the Left.
There are few things in politics more annoying than the Right's utter conviction that it owns the patent on the word 'freedom' that when its leaders stand up for the rights of banks to be unregulated or capital gains to be untaxed, that it is actually and obviously standing up for human liberty, the noblest cause of them all.
There is something uniquely depressing about the fact that the National Portrait Gallery's version of the Barack Obama 'Hope' poster previously belonged to a pair of lobbyists. Depressing because Mr. Obama's Washington was not supposed to be the lobbyists' Washington, the place we learned to despise during the last administration.