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Rendezvous with Oblivion Kindle Edition
From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas comes a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times — perfect for this political moment
What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country?
With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration, and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers — the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers.
Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in US cities, in its jobs, in the way its people travel, and, of course, in its politics — where, in 2016, millions of anxious, ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good.
These accounts of folly and exploitation are brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.
For those who despair of the future of America and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07FNCRNN5
- Publisher : Scribe (30 July 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 637 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250293669
- Best Sellers Rank: 491,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book will not give you reason for much optimism, but it is refreshing to know that someone of great intelligence is paying attention, and reminding those of us who care to know, that there is a reason for everything.
The US has as he implys fallen victum to its own propaganda etc .
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Frank shows us that the decay is not just in the industrial heartland, with its boarded-up store fronts and poverty-wage jobs at Walmart, but also in academia. Here students become debt slaves, while the humanities are squeezed, morality bows before money, and fake degrees proliferate Then he takes on the incrementalism and bipartisanship of the corporate pundits at the Washington Post who make the New Deal politics of Bernie Sanders unacceptable, out-of-bounds, despite both its popularity here and reality in places like Scandinavia. Nor is Frank afraid to take on Obama for bailing out Wall Street instead of Main Street. Or to recognize that a key reason Trump resonated with voters was his consistent talk about bad trade deals, whereas Hillary was unable to connect with many workers. Liberals too should be nostalgic for “a state where the giant chain stores haven’t succeeded in putting everyone out of business”.
The good news from Frank is that Trump’s “election in 2016 was little more than an obscene gesture by an angry public using the candidate as its instrument.” The bad news is that Trump could still win a second term if he lucks out on economic growth, or even that “Trump wins in 2020 by the Democrats not changing”.
For people worrying about a $16.50 price tag, I wonder how they think Thomas pays his bills and buys food to work on his research, talks and books.
I am happy to support the work Thomas does. I get a lot of value from it. He is a smart guy that keeps us thinking. He inspires me to do better in the midst of misinformation, economic inequality, a broken political system and global warming.
Be sure to also read Listen Liberal.
Perhaps America can pin some blame on people like Ayn Rand who influenced men of influence like Alan Greenspan. What can Americans do? Who may scream, and who will listen to the voices of poverty and despair. There are many who still do not believe the situation is at all bad. If they are right, then Frank is clearly delusional; but is he? The American who wishes to understand the situation fully ought to travel around the country – perhaps starting with Kansas City, the focal city of Frank’s book – and see for himself.
Frank points to many signs that the middle class is facing a crisis of broken dreams. The university professor, once loved, respected, and admired, is a dying breed, many end up being replaced by adjuncts who swarm campuses. The irony, Frank observes, is that the university administrators who are bringing in adjuncts for the academia, are themselves flourishing. No sign of any adjunct administrator.
Frank writes about Trump, the man, the subject that the world is already having too much of, yet cannot be ignored. Frank puts Trump int the context of the presidents before him (Bush, Clinton, and Obama) and those who might have been in his place – Clinton (Hilary) and Sanders. Is there any point in this sour review? Frank believes that the American should try his best to be neutral and think about why America was great, and then look at what Trump is doing and what Clinton and others are promising. Can America be put back together given the rift that exists today? There is probably no choice. So long as America stands divided, it has to see greatness pass it by.