Thomas Frank on the curious rise of the pro-billionaire movement01/16/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Thomas Frank, the author of the groundbreaking book WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS has a new book out called PITY THE BILLIONAIRE (Metropolitan). It looks at the re-emergence of the conservative movement during the Great Recession.
But first one listener comment about something he witnessed in downtown Tampaâ€”where once stood an Occupy protestâ€¦
Thomas Frank wrote the best selling book Whatâ€™s the Matter with Kansas â€” to answer the question- why did the state of Kansas which had a proud populist and liberal tradition in the 1900â€™s, turn decisively conservative in the latter part of the century.
In his new book he charts the conservative movementâ€™s riseâ€”even though the Great Recession caused by the big banks, speculation on Wall Street, and the shady trading of worthless mortgagesâ€”might have been a reason for the public to lose faith in so-called free enterprise.