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The Resource The limousine liberal : how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America, Steve Fraser

The limousine liberal : how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America, Steve Fraser

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The limousine liberal : how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America
Title
The limousine liberal
Title remainder
how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America
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Steve Fraser
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Language
eng
Summary
  • " A renowned historian traces the genealogy of the "limousine liberal," the enemy that has animated right-wing populism for nearly a century No political metaphor in recent American history has enjoyed the impact of the limousine liberal. Taking aim at what many consider the hypocrisy of wealthy liberals who champion the cause of the poor but who have no intention of bearing the costs of doing anything about their plight, it has mobilized an enduring politics of resentment against everything from civil rights to environmental regulation. In The Limousine Liberal, Steve Fraser argues that the metaphor of the limousine liberal has had a pernicious effect on American political culture. From Henry Ford's attacks on Jews, bankers, and Bolsheviks in the 1920s to the Tea Party's vehement hatred of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it has served as the animus binding together right-wing populism in America. In the vein of the late Richard Hofstadter, Fraser dives down below the surface of rational political life to identify and understand the right's most elemental fears. "--
  • "No political metaphor in recent American history has enjoyed the impact of the "limousine liberal." It has managed to mobilize an enduring politics of resentment directed against everything from civil rights to women's liberation, from urban renewal to the war on poverty, from gay rights to the welfare state, from affirmative action to environmental regulation--and everyone from FDR to Hillary Clinton and Alger Hiss to Ben Afleck. Coined in 1969 by Mario Procaccino, a Democrat running for the mayoralty of New York City, the term took aim at what he and his largely white ethnic following considered the repellent hypocrisy of well-heeled types who championed the cause of the poor, especially the black poor, but who had no intention of bearing the costs of doing anything about their plight. In The Limousine Liberal, the acclaimed historian Steve Fraser argues that it is impossible to understand the perseverance and passion of right-wing populist politics in America without coming to grips with this metaphor, where it originated, how it evolved, why it persists, and where it may be taking us. He shows that the limousine liberal had existed in all but name long before Procaccino gave it one. From the ravings of Henry Ford in the 1920s to the ravings of Tea Party favorite Glenn Beck, it has served as the animus binding together right-wing populism in America. And it is responsible, in Fraser's view, for the modern conservative coalition of libertarian industrialists, technology impresarios, heartland evangelicals, and don't-tread-on-me small businessmen. Yet Fraser does not dismiss the limousine liberal as a phantasm conjured up by right-wing paranoids. To him the limousine liberal is a real figure on the American political landscape"--
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DLC
Dewey number
320.51/30973
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • JC574.2.U6
  • JC574.2.U6
LC item number
  • F73 2016
  • F73 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The limousine liberal : how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America, Steve Fraser
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
In the Beginning Was the Word -- Bankers, Bolsheviks, and Jews: The Prehistory of the Limousine Liberal -- Fear Itself -- All in the Family: Elites Against Elites -- The Vital Center Trembles -- Country and Western Marxism -- The Bridge over Troubled Waters -- The Holy Family -- God, Capitalism, and the Tea Party -- The Dynasts
Control code
sky279283255
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780465055661
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015045391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The limousine liberal : how an incendiary image united the right and fractured America, Steve Fraser
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the Beginning Was the Word -- Bankers, Bolsheviks, and Jews: The Prehistory of the Limousine Liberal -- Fear Itself -- All in the Family: Elites Against Elites -- The Vital Center Trembles -- Country and Western Marxism -- The Bridge over Troubled Waters -- The Holy Family -- God, Capitalism, and the Tea Party -- The Dynasts
Control code
sky279283255
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780465055661
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015045391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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