Monday, September 04, 2006

Exciting shit, that I'm enthusiastic about eventually getting the time to read

Thomas Frank, author of The Conquest of Cool and What's the Matter with Kansas? (here abbreviated to WMK), had a row recently with a Princeton professor about the latter book. I don't have time to read it yet or explain why anyone should, but I wanted to get the links up on the site, just in case I forget about them. You know, during the course of my hectic modern lifestyle.

(Ok. Basically TF believes that the 'moral values' and 'culture war' issues that have divided Republicans and Democrats is a smoke screen diverting the lower classes from the right's prima facie elitist economic policies. Larry Bartels a political scientist professor of Princeton disagrees and attempts to prove that Frank's 'distracted' lower classes actually do support laissez faire economic policies in "What's the Matter with What's the Matter with Kansas? {WMWMK}" Then TF rebutts him {WMWMWMK}. Exciting.)

Nation article [Link]

WMWMK Paper [Link]

WMWMWMK Paper [Link]


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