'innovation, innovation, innovation'! Those are the new sacred ideals of those smarty pants educated elites from Boston University,New York and Silicon Valley. The innovators of the future, the entrepreneurs, bankers, economists, financiers, scholars and many other credited and educated professional classes, non escape Thomas Frank's critical exposure of them.
Inequality is rife, designed and conditioned into our socio-economic positions. Thomas Frank, astutely argues in his work that a new age professional, 'innovative', entrepreneurial elite have the monopoly on our political and economic policies. Frank goes on to establish this is due to the new reasoning of the Democratic party. A 'natural' progression that must move with the times. Apparently, this means abandoning their once principled beliefs of representing the poor working classes.
The Clinton and Obama administrative years as Frank emphasises, created policies that widened inequality for the working class. NAFTA, globalism, apps, hipster coffee shops, gig economies can all, according to Frank, be traced and embedded into this new Democratic party, captivated in awe of the blue elites. The working class as the book goes on, are mere remanents of nostalgia which does not move with the times and perpetually mourns for better days. I guess they should have done better at school, if they did they wouldn't be in such circumstances, says the professional. As Frank sarcastically critics, perhaps ' the poor and uneducated working class deserve Republicans'?
An essential reading for those seeking how current affairs have taken shape, including the 2016 election and it's conclusion. Listen Liberal leaves an impression that stays with the reader in how one might think or rethink the future of politics, especially concerning the maddening inequality that is becoming far too evident in our lives.