Pity the Billionaire, By Thomas Frank
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Saturday 27 October 2012
This book, about the rebirth of right-wing populism, is a meticulously researched analysis of the failure of conservatism to face up to economic crisis.
Rather than reflect, the Right has covered over cracks until they've become chasms. The argument is highly pertinent as Mitt Romney gathers steam, while President Obama is not found blameless, having continued the bailouts that George Bush began, despite the fact that "free-market theory has proven itself to be a philosophy of ruination".
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