How Frustration Generates Satire and Political Protest

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Members of the satirical street theater group 'Billionaires for Healthcare' perform as protesters against Pres. Barack Obama's health care plan and other policies gather in Washington on 9/12/2009.

Our “Primary Emotions” political series kicks off with a look at frustration. Whether it’s with the election itself or the state of the union in general, there’s no question that Americans are frustrated by growing wealth inequality, political corruption and congressional inaction - and presidential candidates from both parties are tapping into voters’ gut feelings. In No Billionaire Left Behind, Angelique Haugerud, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and former editor of American Ethnologist reveals how frustration inspires satire and irony as a form of political protest. 

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