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The gospel of the backlash.

A good read.

Red-State America Against Itself
by Thomas Frank
- Common Dreams

That our politics have been shifting rightward for more than thirty years is a generally acknowledged fact of American life. That this rightward movement has largely been accomplished by working-class voters whose lives have been materially worsened by the conservative policies they have supported is a less comfortable fact, one we have trouble talking about in a straightforward manner.

And yet the backlash is there, whenever we care to look, from the "hardhats" of the 1960s to the "Reagan Democrats" of the 1980s to today's mad-as-hell "red states." You can see the paradox first-hand on nearly any Main Street in middle America -- "going out of business" signs side by side with placards supporting George W. Bush.


No foolin', check it out.
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Re: The gospel of the backlash.

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Hi, Bob,

I heard a TV interview with Mr. Frank a couple of days ago re: his book, "What's the Matter with Kansas? : How Conservatives Won the Heart of America."

I found his observations quite interesting. Apparently "It's the economy, stupid!" would not fly in this election, as the state of the personal economic interests is over-ridden by certain beliefs and fears.

Definitely not a book for everyone, but interesting for us who enjoy opinion.

Angeline
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I don't get the Culture War at all.

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Hi Angeline,

Most of my friends are hardhats (though none would be caught dead in the actual hat). Most of them think "Liberal" is something threatening, icky or girly-man. Being a carpenter is a funny kind of a job. Most of the time you don't really need to talk about what you're doing with the guys you're doing it with. We get into some of the gall-dernest discussions. And there's no place to stop. From what I can tell, nothing that went before and nothing that's likely to come after matters very much. Your political affiliation is like the clothes you wear. Got'a wear the right clothes ya know.

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(NT) (NT) Re: I think you got something there

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