Let Them Eat Tweets by Jacob S. Hacker audiobook

Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality

By Jacob S. Hacker  and Paul Pierson
Read by Peter Berkrot

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8.57 Hours Unabridged
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Does the GOP represent "forgotten" Americans? Or does it represent the superrich? In Let Them Eat Tweets, bestselling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson offer a definitive answer: the Republican Party serves its plutocratic masters to a degree without precedent in modern global history. Conservative parties, by their nature, almost always side with the rich. But when faced with popular resistance, they usually make concessions, allowing some policies that benefit the working and middle classes. After all, how can a political party maintain power in a democracy if it serves only the interests of a narrow and wealthy slice of society? Today's Republicans have shown the way, doubling down on a truly radical, elite-benefiting economic agenda while at the same time making increasingly incendiary racial and cultural appeals to their almost entirely white base. Telling a forty-year story, Hacker and Pierson demonstrate that since the early 1980s, when inequality started spiking, extreme tax cutting, union busting, and deregulation have gone hand in hand with extreme race-baiting, outrage stoking, and disinformation. As Hacker and Pierson argue, Trump isn't a break with the GOP's recent past. On the contrary, he embodies its tightening embrace of plutocracy and right-wing extremism.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Does the GOP represent "forgotten" Americans? Or does it represent the superrich?

In Let Them Eat Tweets, bestselling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson offer a definitive answer: the Republican Party serves its plutocratic masters to a degree without precedent in modern global history. Conservative parties, by their nature, almost always side with the rich. But when faced with popular resistance, they usually make concessions, allowing some policies that benefit the working and middle classes. After all, how can a political party maintain power in a democracy if it serves only the interests of a narrow and wealthy slice of society?

Today's Republicans have shown the way, doubling down on a truly radical, elite-benefiting economic agenda while at the same time making increasingly incendiary racial and cultural appeals to their almost entirely white base. Telling a forty-year story, Hacker and Pierson demonstrate that since the early 1980s, when inequality started spiking, extreme tax cutting, union busting, and deregulation have gone hand in hand with extreme race-baiting, outrage stoking, and disinformation. As Hacker and Pierson argue, Trump isn't a break with the GOP's recent past. On the contrary, he embodies its tightening embrace of plutocracy and right-wing extremism.

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Author Bio: Jacob S. Hacker

Author Bio: Jacob S. Hacker

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of political science at Yale University. A fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, he is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream and The Divided Welfare State, and he is coauthor, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. A frequent media commentator, Hacker has written for publications including the Nation, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has appeared on MSNBC and NPR. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Author Bio: Paul Pierson

Author Bio: Paul Pierson

Paul Pierson is a professor of political science and holder of the Avice Saint Chair of Public Policy at the University of California–Berkeley. He is the author of Politics in Time and Dismantling the Welfare State? and coauthor, with Jacob S. Hacker, of Off Center. He has written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New Republic and serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and the Annual Review of Political Science. Pierson lives in Berkeley, California.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English