Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, discusses why the economic crisis and recession has brought about the revival of conservatism. In Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, Frank examines the conservative idea that the economic system be made harsher on the recession's victims and offer bigger rewards for winners.
Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank looks back at the federal government work programs introduced during the Great Depression, which each generated millions of jobs. Frank sees the success of these programs as the foundation of the country’s recovery from the current economic recession, and argues that the responsibility to create jobs belongs not just to the private sector but to the government. His latest Easy Chair column on the subject appears in the December issue of Harper’s magazine.
One of the most popular books in the prison library at Guantanamo is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. Harper's magazine columnist Thomas Frank joins us to look at why a book designed for business executives might also be an effective tool for the de-radicalization of prisoners, at least in the minds of U.S. officials. Tom Franks writer the magazine's Easy Chair column.
The price of gold has risen steadily over the last decade. Harper's magazine columnist Thomas Frank takes a look at the mindset of “goldbugs” and others who invest in precious metals as a hedge against instability and the perception that governments can’t manage currencies or chaos. His latest monthly column “Easy Chair” is called “Gold Faithful: Profiting from Paranoia with Precious Metals.”
Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper's Magazine and author of The Wrecking Crew and What's the Matter With Kansas, says the success of the Tea Party shows that going after the "magic middle" of the American electorate is a mistake.