Magazine June 13, 2016, Issue

Crumbs of the Upper Crust

Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, by Thomas Frank (Metropolitan, 320 pp., $27)I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already, by Roger L. Simon (Encounter, 224 pp., $25.99)The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left, by Kim R. Holmes (Encounter, 312 pp., $25.99)

Two hundred and forty years ago, Americans fought the English aristocracy to secure their liberties. Today, as our bicoastal elites have achieved political dominance, we’ve succumbed to the powers of a new aristocracy. Three informative new books all deal with the politics of our ruling class.

Thomas Frank, who wrote the bestselling What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004), admonishes the Democratic party for its residual moderation, and Roger L. Simon, a playwright and novelist and one of the founders of PJ Media, writes from a conservative perspective. They come at the issue from different angles but reach surprisingly congruent conclusions. “Today,” notes

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Fred SiegelMr. Siegel is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and a scholar in residence at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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The Week

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