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Author Frank, Thomas, 1965- author.

Title The people, no : a brief history of anti-populism / Thomas Frank.

Publication Info. New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2020.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections  320.5662 F851p 2020    ---  Lib Use Only
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  320.56 Fra    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description 307 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-296) and index.
Contents Introduction : the cure for the common man -- What was populism? -- "Because right is right and God Is God" -- Peak populism in the proletarian decade -- "The upheaval of the unfit" -- Consensus redensus -- Lift every voice -- The money changers burn the temple -- Let us now scold uncouth men -- Conclusion : the question.
Summary "From the prophetic author of the now-classic What's the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal, an eye-opening account of populism, the most important--and misunderstood--movement of our time. Rarely does a work of history contain startling implications for the present, but in The People, No Thomas Frank pulls off that explosive effect by showing us that everything we think we know about populism is wrong. Today "populism" is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake. The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party--the biggest mass movement in American history--fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers' great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression. Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement's provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. The People, No is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution for what ails us"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Populism -- United States -- History.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Social movements -- United States -- History.
Democracy -- United States -- History.
Democracy. (OCoLC)fst00890077
Political culture. (OCoLC)fst01069263
Populism. (OCoLC)fst01071658
Social movements. (OCoLC)fst01122657
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Political culture -- United States.
Social movements -- United States.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Frank, Thomas, 1965- People, no First edition. New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2020 9781250220103 (DLC) 2020009049
ISBN 9781250220110

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