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People Without Power

The war on populism and the fight for democracy

Thomas Frank

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Scribe Publications
15 July 2020
An eye-opening account of populism, the most important - and misunderstood - movement of our time.

Everything we think we know about populism is wrong.

Today, populism is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake.

The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing US Populist Party fought plutocrats, to the triumphs of reformers under Roosevelt and Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos.

Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns; today's moral panic in liberal circles is only the latest expression. Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement's provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. People Without Power is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution.

'Tom Frank does what few writers today are capable of doing - he criticises his own side.' -Wall Street Journal 'Deserves your attention ... sees through the sides in today's acrimonious debate on populism ... The People Without Power describes meticulously how over the last 120 years, reigning elites - whether conservative, liberal, or progressive - have regularly attacked populists with the same falsehoods ... It shows us that the arguments that pass for wisdom and enlightenment in some circles are really a simple rehashing of old falsehoods.' -Milton Ezrati, Forbes 'A terrific book ... damning ... eloquently-argued ... The People Without Power documents the furious elite propaganda response to bottom-up political movements that has recurred in uncannily similar fashion at key moments across nearly a century and a half of American history, and is firing with particular venom today.' -Matt Taibbi, journalist and author of Insane Clown President and Hate Inc.
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Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   342g
ISBN:   9781925849288
ISBN 10:   1925849287
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and Listen, Liberal (Scribe, 2016). A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler . He lives outside Washington, DC.

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