Wednesday, July 20th, beginning at 7 pm ET. I hope you can make it!
We’ll be discussing Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal. If you haven’t been able to purchase/borrow the book, or if you’ve been pressed for time (like me), you can still join the discussion.
The link below is to an appearance by the author at a book festival in Chicago in June. It’s about 45 minutes long, he begins about 3 minutes in, and he outlines the main themes of the book:
These articles also discuss the main argument of the book:
Finally, to prepare for our discussion, please consider the following:
Do you have a favorite/most apt/most resonating quote from the book (or aspect of his argument) to share? What is it, and why did you choose it?
Is there anything you found particularly surprising? Disappointing? Maddening?
What does the party’s turn from the working class say about the value our society places on manual vs “knowledge” labor? I’ve heard my students use the expression, “Work smarter, not harder!” to explain why they believe everyone can escape manual labor through education!
What book would you like to read next?
Any questions, suggestions, please let me know. Looking forward to our discussion on the 20th!