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Rendezvous with Oblivion

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  • A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
  • Essays by Thomas Frank
  • Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Thomas%20Frank%20%7C%20Rendezvous%20with%20Oblivion.jpgOne of the results of the shocking election of Donald Trump has been the political commentariat’s reassessment of the state of the nation. In that vein, Frank (Listen, Liberal, 2016, etc.), a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s and founding editor of the Baffler, assembles a series of essays that originally appeared in various publications from 2011 to 2018. The essays, asserts the author in his introduction, “all aim to tell one essential story”: the dissolution of the common bonds of American society as the rich and powerful accumulate more power and the rest of the citizenry is forgotten.

Frank proceeds to paint a dystopian picture of struggling fast-food workers, greedycollegesand universities, and politicians’ disregard for the common folk, all culminating in the election of Trump, “the very personification of this low, dishonest age.” To his credit, the liberal author (he supported Bernie Sanders in 2016) acknowledges Trump’s appeal to the working-class and rural voters whom Democratic Party elites have all but abandoned. Moreover, several of his arguments should resonate with Americans of all political stripes. Is there any doubt, for example, that a factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education is “the insane proliferation of university administrators”?

Thomas Frank is an American political analyst, historian, and journalist. He co-founded and edited The Baffler magazine. Frank has written several books, most notably What's the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal.

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Related:

Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.