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|Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruin It All|
|Date||Wednesday September 24|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
"imagine Michael Moore with a trained brain and an intellectual conscience."
- The Washington Post
The bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas? provides jaw-dropping clarity and refreshingly biting wit on the decades of lucrative conservative misrule. Interviewing Frank will be Max Pringle, KPFA News Department
Benefit: KPFA Radio 94.1FM Sponsored by KPFA
Tickets: $12 on line: http://www.kpfa.org, and at supportive bookstores, $15 door
Information: 510.848.6767x609 http://www.kpfa.org
Thomas Frank explained in What's the Matter with Kansas why working America votes for politicians who invariably serve the rich. He convincingly showed how and why vast multitudes of Americans so often vote against their own interests. In The Wrecking Crew he reveals the blundering, conspicuously corrupt Washington these politicians created. Rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, the ruling coalition has simply sold it off - deregulating many industries, defunding others, turning public policy into private-sector bidding, turning the nation's capitol into a surreal landscape of lavish suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters, and ugly wreckage for poor folks. The best and brightest individuals in government have simply been hushed or driven away, while criminal entrepreneurship and pathetic incompetence have replaced anything like serious governmental concerns. The virtuous intentions we learned about in public school have been cynically trashed by the new conservative ideology.
"Frank is a formidable controversialist-imagine Michael Moore with a trained brain and an intellectual conscience." - The Washington Post
Thomas Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and a contributing editor at Harper's. He has received a Lannan Foundation award and been a frequent guest columnist for The New York Times.