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Mar. 6th, 2006 12:23 am
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1. What's The Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank.

After the 2004 US Presidental election, there were a large amount of books published on the topic of "Wow, we Democrats really got our asses kicked. Let's not do that again." WTMWK sank to the bottom of my reading list for a considerable amount of time, because I knew why the Democrats received the shellacking that they did, and I didn't need to read another depressing and pointlessly angry account of it. Fortunately, I was persuaded to read WTMWK, which was much more interesting than all that. What it does do, is succinctly answer the question of why that people who have the most to lose in voting Republican, continue to do so. The answer was insightful and satisfactory. It's worth a read for the history lesson, and the context it gives for the most paradoxical parts of the modern-day conservative Republican movement, as embodied by low-to-moderate income families.

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