P&P Live!: Thomas Frank – The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism - in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

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.

Thomas Frank is the author of Listen, Liberal, Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and writes regularly for The Guardian

A self-proclaimed "myth buster by trade," Barbara Ehrenreich has covered an extensive range of topics as a journalist and political activist. Her newest book, Had I Known has been hailed as Ehrenreich’s most impactful collection of essays from her decades’ worth of activist journalism, and highlights the brilliance, social consciousness, and wry wit of one of our country's most incisive thinkers.

 

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ISBN: 9781250220110
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Published: Metropolitan Books - July 14th, 2020

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