Book Review Essay

1148 Words Aug 20th, 2015 5 Pages
The book I chose to read was Pity the Billionaire, The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, by Thomas Frank. His book takes a thorough look at the rise of tea parties and the revitalized Right. The Author begins the book with the title, ‘End Times,’ in which he refers to the economic downfall of 2008 and 2009 and The Great Depression where the lives of the middle class came apart. Thomas explains this time as one in which, “markets disintegrate, layoffs mount and foreclosures begin, and before you know it, the people are in the streets yelling for blood.” He describes the recession as a direct result of banker’s greed and deregulation but it was the middle class who suffered. Big businesses such as Banks,
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This vision of free market faith is shown in a Tea Party pamphlet called Spread This Wealth, as Thomas states. It was not the bankers or Big Businesses proclaiming their love for free markets, it was the masses, the average people. Tea Parties were stating that the market was never entirely free. The Government always had their fingers in every segment of the market and for that reason Government was to blame for their current problems. Tea parties began to take off in the nation and many people from the Right reached at the opportunity. The Right began losing sight of conservative movement. Instead commodification was taking over at Tea Parties. Thomas Frank describes the National Tea Party Convention held in Nashville as one of the most famous examples, “There were Tea Party cigars, $125 per box.” Conservatives used many techniques to manipulate the masses. One recurring strategy was to push the blame where many business owners suspect the blame belongs: the deadbeats who took out all those mortgages in the first place, and also back to the government. What the Right wing Tea partiers failed to realize is that the governments were not the ones that forced the hands of banks to give out subprime loans, it was the banks themselves. Thomas Frank also talks about the self-pity of tea partiers. He states that, “The first Tea Party rally I attended was largely devoid of self-pity.” He talks about the revitalized Right crying of

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