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author, journalist and columnist for Harper's Magazine
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. He is a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal, authoring "The Tilting Yard" from 2008 to 2010.
Frank is a historian of culture and ideas and analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism and economics. With his writing, he explores the rhetoric and impact of the 'Culture Wars
The culture war in American usage is a metaphor used to claim that political conflict is based on sets of conflicting cultural values. The term frequently implies a conflict between those values considered traditionalist or conservative and those considered progressive or liberal...
' in American political life, and the relationship between politics
Politics of the United States
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Culture is a term that has many different inter-related meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of "culture" in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions...
in the United States.
Frank comes from a liberal political perspective and is highly critical of Republican
Republican Party (United States)
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governance, especially the presidency of George W. Bush
George W. Bush
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Apparently, there is no bad economic turn a conservative cannot do unto his buddy in the working class, as long as cultural solidarity has been cemented over a beer.
Ibid. (p. 118)