What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Thomas Frank | Financial inequality is one of the biggest political issues of our time: from the Wall Street bailouts to the rise of the One Percent, who between them control forty-percent of the US wealth. So where are the Democrats - the notional 'party of the people' in all of this? Author Thomas Frank will examine how the Left in America has abandoned its roots to pursue a new supporter - elite professionals - and how this unprecedented shift away from its working-class roots ultimately deepens the rift between the rich and poor in the US. Thomas Frank is an author and former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, and the founding editor of The Blaffer. His latest book is Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at LSE. The United States Centre at LSE (@LSE_US) is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.