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Pity The Billionaire: the hard times swindle and the comeback of the right


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Editor's note: Unfortunately the beginning of the chairperson’s introduction is missing from the podcast.

Speaker(s): Thomas Frank
Chair: Professor Robert Wade

Recorded on 8 February 2012 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

Economic meltdown usually brings calls for change – or it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out to find these, all he heard were loud demands that the losers be hit harder and that the winners get more. In his new book, Pity The Billionaire, which he will discuss in this talk Frank takes us a wild road-trip through the strange landscape of the American Right, the Tea Party and Glenn Beck, makes sense of a topsy-turvy world and shows how instead of complying with the new speed limit, conservative America has stamped hard on the accelerator. It is essential reading for understanding how we all got to where we are, and how we might get out.

The founding editor of the Baffler, Thomas Frank is the author of One Market Under God, The Conquest of Cool, What's the Matter with America? and The Wrecking Crew. He is also a contributor to Harper's, The Nation and the New York Times.

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