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Video: Thomas Frank: "Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society," 58 min

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Video: Thomas Frank, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, CSpan, June 27, 2018, 58 min
 https://www.c-span.org/video/?447453-2/rendezvous-oblivion#

This is what society looks like when the glue fails, a time of cascading collapse, a golden age of corruption when the human intellect serves money or it serves nothing at all

In the 1930s and 1940s, there was a sense that we are in this together, a defacto social democracy. A sense of social solidarity has nearly disappeared as people identify upwards and the right-wing ideology of victimization spreads. We are like buffaloes nestling with the rifles.

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more Thomas Frank (including an April 2017 must-see video) 11.Aug.2018 13:59

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Millions Of Ordinary Americans Support Donald Trump. Here's Why
by Thomas Frank
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/03/431843.shtml


The issue is not Hillary Clinton's Wall St links but Democrats' core dogmas
The Democratic party rejected the New Deal and its stress on working-class Americans in favour of a technocratic elite - is it time for a political revolution?
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433159.shtml#447801


How The Democrats Lost Touch On Trade
author: Thomas Frank
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433159.shtml


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Thomas Frank: Why Democrats Lose
32,686 views

Ed Mays
Published on Apr 21, 2017

Thomas Frank's 'Listen Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People', published in March of 2016, was named as one of "6 Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by the New York Times. Frank (bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew) made a name for himself for his scathing critiques of Republicans. Now he turns his attention to his own party, arguing that liberals have lost sight of their goal to be a party that champions equity. To support his claim he points out that, after years of occupying the White House, the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming. In this low point for the Democratic party, Frank reminds them of their historic stance and contends that renewing those commitments is the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 4/18/17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ4AlwewH8Y
^THIS is a *must-watch* video ^

Frank: "how quickly and superficially liberals have been radicalized" 11.Aug.2018 14:08

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Historian Thomas Frank On President Trump, Partisanship And His New Book "Rendezvous with Oblivion"

WGBH News
Published on Jun 25, 2018

As Republicans and Democrats trade partisan attacks back and forth, members of the right and the left are retreating further into their corners. Author and historian Thomas Frank, predicted much of this in one of Jim Braude's favorite books, What's the Matter with Kansas, which discussed working class Americans voting against their economic self-interests. In his latest, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, Frank dissects a decade of relentless capitalism, and the wave of angry populism that drove the 2016 election. He joined Jim Braude to discuss.


note also (in WGBH ^above) what Frank says about media/journalists 11.Aug.2018 14:16

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e.g. WaPo, NYT et cetera and the class-education ranks from which they're typically drawn, manner in which they report on so-called 'economic populism' both currently and historically.

YouTube link for C-SPAN2 June 27, 2018 NYC bookstore talk in ^^original post: 11.Aug.2018 14:21

reticularimus

Thomas Frank on Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society


~35 mins. into ^ 6/27 vid, audience member asks about CIA Democrats: 11.Aug.2018 15:05

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Democratic Party, currently 2018 is running CIA-background candidates :

The CIA Democrats: Part one
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/07/436431.shtml

The CIA Democrats: Part two
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/07/436432.shtml

The CIA Democrats: Part three
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/07/436433.shtml

Well? ...This is All Bullshit. 12.Aug.2018 15:35

The Red 'X' Society

Just another Asshole trying to convince you that the Voting Population has a word in any goings on in this Government, and that if you Democrats would just give it the Ol' College try, you could make a come back.

Anybody who doesn't re-adjust their Clocks to understand that the Media is not an Elite Class, They Are God Damned Felons and Prostitutes that took over this God Damned Country.

Back-up, Re-Adjust, and Open Fucking Fire!

^ agreed, but Frank is not a Stalinist and lets you make up your own mind. 12.Aug.2018 17:21

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sure we should "open fire".

Main value of Thomas Frank's historical interpretation, though (in my humble opinion...) is that he shows the slavish worship and reliance upon Democratic Party for 'change' to be the illusion that it is.

If a thinking person (stuck in the mainstream Pepsi v. Coke, Good v. Evil "politics"), who educates themselves with some of Frank's perspective, then takes it a step further to "open fire" along with a good dose of Federal Reserve / IRS need to be banned and trash-binned alongside the Pentagon and corporate lobbyists, then the ruling elite plutocracy will have a real threat on its hands.