Monday, February 28, 2005

Kansas on My Mind

Bread and Roses Community Fund will be sponsoring an event tomorrow with best-selling author Thomas Frank.
On Tuesday, March 1 Bread & Roses Community Fund will host best-selling author Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

Frank argues that over the last thirty-five years the Republican Party has transformed its image from an aristocratic minority into the nation's dominant political party and a true friend of the worker. How has a right-wing class war grown so powerful? How is it that in places like once-liberal Kansas, the Right draws headlines with high profile campaigns against evolution and abortion? What can we in Pennsylvania learn from the experience of Kansas?

The program is co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee Third World Coalition, AFSCME District Council 47, and AFSCME Local 1723.

7 pm - 9 pm, Friends Meeting House, 15th and Cherry Streets.

RSVP to 215.731.1107 x204 or info@breadrosesfund.org by February 28. This program is pay what you can; a collection will be taken up at the end of the event.
In my opinion, Frank is one of the smartest people writing about American politics. Long before "values" became the buzzword to explain the 2004 Election, Frank was writing about phenomenon of working-class white people voting against their own economic interests. Moving beyond the traditional explanation of left, which is to simply write such voters off as racists, Frank offers a much more in-depth analysis.

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