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  • Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That's reason for optimism, August 10, 2017 - The Guardian
  • The media's war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can't it see that?, July 21, 2017 - The Guardian
  • From rust belt to mill towns: a tale of two voter revolts, June 7, 2017 - The Guardian
  • The Democrats' Davos ideology won't win back the midwest, April 27, 2017 - The Guardian
  • Don't let establishment opportunists ruin the resistance movement, March 9, 2017 - The Guardian
  • How Steve Bannon captured America's spirit of revolt, February 10, 2017 - The Guardian
  • The intolerance of the left: Trump's win as seen from Walt Disney's hometown, January 27, 2017 - The Guardian
  • How the Democrats could win again, if they wanted, November 29, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there, November 9, 2016 - The Guardian
  • The Republicans and Democrats failed blue-collar America. The left behind are now having their say, November 6, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run, October 31, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Some of Clinton's pledges sound great. Until you remember who's president , October 6, 2016 - The Guardian
  • With Trump certain to lose, you can forget about a progressive Clinton, August 13, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Hillary Clinton needs to wake up. Trump is stealing the voters she takes for granted, July 28, 2016 - The Guardian
  • The world is taking its revenge against elites. When will America's wake up? , July 19, 2016 - The Guardian
  • The worst DC has to offer: Influence is a paean to Washington greed and corruption, July 3, 2016 - Salon
  • Why Hillary Clinton's 90s nostalgia is so dangerous, May 20, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Why must the Trump alternative be self-satisfied, complacent Democrats? , May 4, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Bill Clinton's crime bill destroyed lives, and there's no point denying it, April 15, 2016 - The Guardian
  • Bill Clinton's odious presidency: Thomas Frank on the real history of the '90s, April 14, 2016 - Salon
  • The Democrats own this mess too: Gerrymandering and obstructionism alone can't explain American inequality, March 31, 2016 - Salon
  • Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why, March 7, 2016 - The Guardian
  • The issue is not Hillary Clinton's Wall St links but Democrats' core dogmas, February 16, 2016 - The Guardian
  • It's not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street, January 11, 2015 - Salon
  • Chain restaurants are killing us: Billionaire bankers, minimum-wage toilers and the nasty truth about fast-food nation, January 4, 2015 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: First we kill all the diamond-class five-million milers, December 21, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism, December 14, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: Ann Coulter and David Brooks play a sneaky, unserious class card, December 7, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: Wall Street's long, slow tease, November 30, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: Phony spin even Fox News won't buy, November 23, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank on Ronald Reagan's secret tragedy: How '70s and '80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America, November 16, 2014 - Salon
  • The GOP's poisonous double-speak: Thomas Frank on how Republicans hijacked the midterms, November 9, 2014 - Salon
  • Righteous rage, impotent fury: Thomas Frank returns to Kansas to hunt the last days of Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, November 2, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: "We are such losers", October 26, 2014 - Salon
  • Thomas Frank: Paul Krugman's sloppy, wet kiss, October 19, 2014 - Salon
  • EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: "They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over", October 12, 2014 - Salon
  • Genius grant or TED talk: Does a MacArthur grant make a genius smarter?, October 5, 2014 - Salon
  • College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators, October 1, 2014 - Salon
  • Bernie Sanders: Longterm Democratic strategy is "pathetic", September 28, 2014 - Salon
  • In Brownbackistan, everything is awesome! And don't let any liberal tell you different, September 21, 2014 - Salon
  • All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus, September 14, 2014 - Salon
  • Finally, Wall Street gets put on trial: We can still hold the 0.1 percent responsible for tanking the economy, September 7, 2014 - Salon
  • The 1 percent's long con: Jim Cramer, the Tea Party's roots, and Wall Street's demented, decades-long scheme, August 31, 2014 - Salon
  • Cornel West: "He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency", August 24, 2014 - Salon
  • How to wreck the GOP in 3 easy steps!, August 17, 2014 - Salon
  • Jon Stewart is not enough: The curse of centrism, and why the Tea Party keeps rolling "Daily Show" Democrats, August 10, 2014 - Salon
  • Ayn Rand's libertarian "Groundhog Day": Billionaire greed, deregulation and the myth that markets aren't free enough, August 3, 2014 - Salon
  • Obama really let these clowns win? How right-wing obstruction always trumps sober centrism, July 29, 2014 - Salon
  • The animatronic presidency: How presidential museums become propaganda palaces, whitewashing Bush's disasters and Clinton's failings, July 23, 2014 - Salon
  • Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency's legacy is failure, July 20, 2014 - Salon
  • The god that sucked: How the Tea Party right just makes the 1 percent richer, July 6, 2014 - Salon
  • Free markets killed capitalism: Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Amazon and the 1 percent's sick triumph over us all, June 29, 2014 - Salon
  • Hillary Clinton forgets the '90s: Our latest gilded age and our latest phony populists, June 22, 2014 - Salon
  • Off with their heads! Eric Cantor, the Tea Party guillotine, and the certainty of conservative sell-out, June 15, 2014 - Salon
  • Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media, June 8, 2014 - Salon
  • David Graeber: "Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded", June 1, 2014 - Salon
  • The trigger warning we need: "College is a scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent", May 25, 2014 - Salon
  • Congratulations, class of 2014: You're totally screwed, May 18, 2014 - Salon
  • The problem with Thomas Piketty: "Capital" destroys right-wing lies, but there's one solution it forgets, May 11, 2014 - Salon
  • Our sad "Mad Men" revolution: How consumerism co-opted rebellion, May 4, 2014 - Salon
  • Tom Frank: Bill Clinton was so not down with Thomas Piketty, May 2, 2014 - Salon
  • Hipsters, they're just like us! "Normcore," Sarah Palin, and the GOP's big red state lie, April 27, 2014 - Salon
  • Straight into the Fox News buzzsaw: Why elite, billionaire liberalism always backfires, April 20, 2014 - Salon
  • Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess, April 13, 2014 - Salon
  • Tom Frank interviews Barbara Ehrenreich: "You're the anti-Ayn Rand", April 6, 2014 - Salon
  • Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class, March 30, 2014 - Salon
  • The Hope Diet: Would the Tea Party fall for this?, March 23, 2014 - Salon
  • There is no meritocracy: It's just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged, March 16, 2014 - Salon
  • We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything, March 9, 2014 - Salon
  • Baby boomer humor's big lie: "Ghostbusters" and "Caddyshack" really liberated Reagan and Wall Street, March 2, 2014 - Salon
  • Paul Krugman won't save us: We need a new conversation about inequality, February 23, 2014 - Salon
  • The matter with Kansas now: The Tea Party, the 1 percent and delusional Democrats, February 16, 2014 - Salon
  • Tears for Fears, February 1, 2014 - Harper's Magazine
  • Donkey Business, January 1, 2014 - Harper's Magazine
  • If memory swerves: The 1 percent laughs last, as Wall Street wins again, December 29, 2013 - Salon
  • Ad absurdum and the conquest of cool: Canned flattery for corporate America, December 22, 2013 - Salon
  • Chicago Is the Future, December 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Sound, fury, cliche! Lazy pundits "double down" on "game-changing" "narratives", November 3, 2013 - Salon
  • Home of the Whopper, November 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • TED talks are lying to you, October 13, 2013 - Salon
  • Reaching for the pillars: The conservative plan is sabotage, October 2, 2013 - Salon
  • Course Corrections, October 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • If Memory Swerves, September 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Ad Absurdum, August 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • A Possible Urtext for Mad Men, July 24, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Trio Grande, July 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Getting to Eureka, June 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Power Rangers, May 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Broken English, April 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Blood Sport, March 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Team America, February 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Second Chance, January 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Appetite for Destruction, December 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • All the Rage, November 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Maintenance Crew, October 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Compromising Positions, September 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • A Matter of Degrees, August 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Letter from Brownbackistan, July 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Price of Admission, June 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Bully pulpit, May 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • It's a rich man's world, April 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • America's bankrupt morality, March 29, 2012 - Salon
  • Debt, be not proud, March 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Act of contrition, February 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Romney, the true Tea Party candidate, January 9, 2012 - Salon
  • Republicans: we don't need no regulation, January 6, 2012 - The Guardian
  • Semper infidelis, January 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • More government, please!, December 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Bleakness Stakes, November 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Social studies, October 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Age of Enron, August 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Gold faithful, July 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Required reading, June 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Scenes From the Class War in Wisconsin, May 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Check It Yourself, April 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Confessions of Glenn Beck, March 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Servile Disobedience, February 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Fatal Center, January 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Bright frenetic mills, December 1, 2010 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Economic Crisis: Lessons Unlearned, August 11, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Glenn Beck and Our 'Stolen' History, August 4, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A Newt Gingrich Time Warp, July 28, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Linda McMahon's Pro Wrestling 'Soap Opera', July 21, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Obama and the Pink Scare, July 14, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Spies (All Too Much) Like Us, July 7, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Avoiding the Austerity Trap, June 30, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Meaning of Joe Barton's Apology, June 23, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Britain Cries Foul Over BP, June 16, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Obama and the Gulf Spill Anger , June 9, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Laissez-Faire Meets the Oil Spill, June 2, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Rand Paul's Bad Week , May 26, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Jim DeMint's Capitalist Fairy Tales, May 19, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Gulf Spill and the Revolving Door , May 12, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Goldman and the 'Sophisticated' Investor , May 5, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Porn Didn't Give Bernie Madoff His Start , April 28, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Please Tread on Us , April 21, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Conservatives and the Market for Alienation , April 14, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Drill Now? Try Regulate Now. , April 7, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Conservatives and the Cult of Victimhood, March 31, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • From Televangelism to the Tea Parties, March 24, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Don't Mess With the Texas Board of Ed, March 17, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Rise of the Reactionary Right, March 10, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A New Age of Monopolies, March 2, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • What's the Matter With Democrats? , February 24, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Tea Parties Are No 'Great Awakening', February 17, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Washington's 'Deficit of Trust', February 10, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Populism Is Democracy at Work , February 3, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Centrism Died in Massachusetts, January 26, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • One Cross of Gold, Coming Up, January 19, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Bring Back Glass-Steagall, January 12, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Watch Out for GOP Populism, January 5, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A Low, Dishonest Decade, December 22, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Glenn Beck's Holy War, December 1, 2009 - Playboy
  • Obama Should Act Like He Won, January 14, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Naked and the Daft, September 1, 2008 - Bookforum
  • How conservative greed and corruption destroyed American politics, August 7, 2008 - Salon
  • Why Misgovernment Was No Accident in Bush's Washington , August 6, 2008 - The Nation
  • The wrecking crew, August 1, 2008 - Harper's Magazine
  • Rendezvous With Oblivion, September 1, 2006 - New York Times
  • Defunders of Liberty, August 29, 2006 - New York Times
  • Thus Spake Zinsmeister , August 25, 2006 - New York Times
  • G.O.P. Corruption? Bring In the Conservatives., August 22, 2006 - New York Times
  • What Is K Street's Project? , August 19, 2006 - New York Times
  • A Distant Mirror , August 15, 2006 - New York Times
  • The Spoils of Victimhood, August 12, 2006 - New York Times
  • The Culture Crusade of Kansas, August 8, 2006 - New York Times
  • Joe Klein's Turnip Day, May 1, 2006 - The New York Observer
  • The Curmudgeon, February 5, 2006 - The Washington Post
  • Taking names: Anti-liberalism in theory and practice, February 1, 2006 - Harper's Magazine
  • Why WWI?, December 18, 2005 - The American Prospect
  • Looting Homeland Security, December 1, 2005 - Rolling Stone Magazine
  • What's the Matter with Liberals, May 12, 2005 - The New York Review of Books
  • 'John Kenneth Galbraith': The Presidents' Man , February 27, 2005 - New York Times
  • American Psyche, November 28, 2004 - New York Times
  • Clueless Democrats Trot Out Hollywood, July 29, 2004 - Los Angeles Times
  • Failure Is Not an Option, It's Mandatory, July 16, 2004 - New York Times
  • The America that will vote for Bush, February 1, 2004 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Get rich or get out, June 1, 2003 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Bullshit Boys, August 17, 2002 - The Guardian
  • Shocked, Shocked! Enronian Myths Exposed, March 21, 2002 - The Nation
  • Enron: Elvis lives, February 1, 2002 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • The trillion-dollar hustle, January 1, 2002 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Enron outrage, December 14, 2001 - Salon
  • Enron, we hardly knew ye, November 9, 2001 - Salon
  • Malls aren't us, August 1, 2001 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • When Markets Rule Politics, April 6, 2001 - Financial Times
  • America's Sucker-in-Chief, December 14, 2000 - Financial Times
  • The Rise of Market Populism, October 30, 2000 - The Nation
  • It's globalicious!, October 1, 1999 - Harper's Magazine
  • US 'newseum' to mediocrity, August 1, 1999 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Brand you: Better selling through anthropology, July 1, 1999 - Harper's Magazine
  • Creation myth of the "geo-architect", July 1, 1999 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • "The Slant" Essays, December 31, 1998 - Artforum Magazine
  • France, an unforgivable exception , April 1, 1998 - Le Monde Diplomatique

  • New York Times columns


    Book Reviews

    Joe Klein's Turnip Day, A review of Politics Lost for the New York Observer, May 1, 2006. His bio of Woody Guthrie was better.

    The Curmudgeon, Washington Post Book World, February 5, 2006, a review of Marion Elizabeth Rodgers' comprehensive and impressively researched biography of H. L. Mencken.

    Taking names: Anti-liberalism in theory and practice, A review of Bernard Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, Harper's Magazine, February 2006. It's not much of a book, but it speaks encyclopedias about the conservative mindset.

    'John Kenneth Galbraith': The Presidents' Man , Review of the excellent biography by Richard Parker, New York Times Book Review, February 27, 2005.

    American Psyche, Review of The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro (and two other books), New York Times Book Review, November 28, 2004. An unfortunate use of some very valuable research.