Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew

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Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, presents his scathing thesis on how conservatives ruined government, enriched themselves, and beggared the nation
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
8:30pm @ Central Library
Recommended reading:
Contemporary Conservatism

Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

In looking back to the early days of the conservative revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, Frank asserts conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. Frank, the founding editor of The Baffler and a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, argues that it’s no coincidence that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule.

“Tom Frank has hold of something real,” according to a review in The New Yorker. “The Wrecking Crew can be good, spirited fun. Frank captures a quality of exuberant bullying in those of his conservative subjects he knows well enough to identify individually, rather than categorically.”

Admission to the event is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

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