I hope you’re busily reading Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal in preparation for our first Readers’ Circle discussion, scheduled for right here, on the Progressive Wing, Wednesday, July 20th, beginning at 7 pm ET.
In the meantime, in case you are interested in hearing from Thomas Frank, or are too pressed for time/cash to purchase the book and would still like to join our discussion, fugwb on c99 posted this link to an appearance by Frank 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:
Finally, to prepare for our discussion, please consider the following:
Do you have a favorite/most apt/most resonating quote from the book 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!
Which reminds me, has anyone read Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano? It’s so relevant to this topic.
Any questions, suggestions, please let me know. Looking forward to our discussion on the 20th!
UPDATED with links to articles about the book: