Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank – review


In October 2010, American liberals held their largest demonstration in Washington DC since the great crash of 2008. They did not raise their angry voices to denounce fantastic corporate greed and fraud. They were not furious that speculators had destroyed the hopes of millions of Americans. Instead, they staged the world’s first protest against anger – a rage against rage.

Its organisers, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, exhorted their followers at the “Rally to Restore Sanity” to wear “I’m With Reasonable” T-shirts – ironically, of course – and set aside political differences in the interests of getting on with their neighbours. Despite the subsequent Occupy Wall Street movement, the pattern Stewart and Colbert set has held. Genteel liberals have allowed American conservatives to all but monopolise political fury since the banks went down. Considering what conservatives allowed financial markets to do, the fact that the right could be furious with anyone but itself is an astonishing story and one that Thomas Frank was born to cover.
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4 Comments to “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank – review”

  1. The book What’s the Matter with Kansas?, took him back there.
    Sorry, Nick – it seems all I do is correct you.

    PS. What’s the Matter with Nick?

  2. “What’s the Matter with America?” was the UK title

  3. Nick,

    The one detail about the March For Sanity which really bugged me was the fact that funny men Jon Stewart and co. invited none other than Mr Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) to provide music for the event. Cat Stevens, who can be seen on youtube publicly supporting the fatwah against Salman Rushdie, even promising that if he knew Rushdie’s whereabouts, he’d phone some people to speed things along.

    What kind of “sanity” parade invites musicians who want to see storytellers die for the crime of telling stories?
    Seriously, WTF.

  4. Equally disgusting are pensoin pigs like infamous Rahway Range Rider Peter Pelissier.This govt hog was sucking up state pensoin(s) AND state govt job(s), while operating a govt consulting business, all while riding the range on his Montana ranch. ================================BACKUP Pelissier was apparently cited by the State and fined the largest monetary amount for anmial cruelty in state history -after killing hundreds of dogs and cats using inhumane drugs at Pelissier’s family owned kennels.The SPCA people are now saying that as part of the settlement in the late 1990 s, Pelissier agreed to step down from his position in Rahway. If this is true, why did Mayor Kennedy employ Pelissier then, and keep Pelisser on the govt payroll, even while Pistol Pete was riding the range in Montana? Why is Pelissier still employed in government after bilking the state pensoin system? After Pelissier was outed as a pensoin pig, Rahway Mayor Kennedy defended and stood by the Range Rider. Why?=============================TAXPAYERS DEMAND ACTION NOW The state pensoin systems must send out letters to those collecting $35,000 pensoins and over inquiring whether they and/or their immediate famiiles are collecting government salaries AND pensoins simultaneously. Pensioners should be compelled to verify by return mail that they are not now on any other government payroll, are not now receiving salaries, fees, expenses, or any type remuneration from any gove28099t entity (in NJ ior elsewhere) while pocketing state pensoin(s). The penalties for submitting false information should be swift and severe, including cessation of pensoin(s). Course, these govt suckers have all the laws slanted in their favor. Taxpayers know that WILL change.

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