9780385495042

One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy

Frank, Thomas

ISBN 10: 0385495048 / 0-385-49504-8
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
In a book that has been raising hackles far and wide, the social critic Thomas Frank skewers one of the most sacred cows of the go-go '90s: the idea that the new free-market economy is good for everyone.

Frank's target is "market populism"--the widely held belief that markets are a more democratic form of organization than democratically elected governments. Refuting the idea that billionaire CEOs are looking out for the interests of the little guy, he argues that "the great euphoria of the late nineties was never as much about the return of good times as it was the giddy triumph of one America over another." Frank is a latter-day Mencken, as readers of his journal The Baffler and his book The Conquest of Cool know. With incisive analysis, passionate advocacy, and razor-sharp wit, he asks where we?re headed-and whether we're going to like it when we get there.

Review:
After nearly a decade of bull markets, Americans have come to equate free markets with democracy. Never one for mincing words, social critic Thomas Frank, editor of The Baffler and author of The Conquest of Cool, challenges this myth. With his acerbic wit and contempt for sophistry, he declares the New Economy a fraud. Frank scours business literature, management theory, and marketing and advertising to expose the elaborate fantasies that have inoculated business against opposition. This public relations campaign joins an almost mystical belief in markets, a contempt for government in any form, and an "ecstatic" confusion of markets with democracy. Frank traces the roots of this movement from the 1920s, and sees its culmination in market populism as a fusion of the rebellious '60s with the greedy '80s. The overarching irony is the swapping of roles--suddenly Wall Street is no longer full of stodgy moneygrubbers, but cool entrepreneurs "leaping on their trampolines, typing out a few last lines on the laptop before paragliding, riding their bicycles to work, listening to Steppenwolf while they traded." Meanwhile, "Americans traded their long tradition of electoral democracy for the democracy of the supermarket, where all brands are created equal and endowed by their creators with all sorts of extremeness and diversity." Frank's close reading of the salesmen of market populism nails such financial gurus as George Gilder, Joseph Nocera, Kevin Kelly, and Thomas Friedman. Their writings, he contends, have served to make "the world safe for billionaires" by winning the cultural and political battle--legitimizing the corporate culture and its demands for privatization, deregulation, and non-interference. Frank's incisive prose verges on brilliant at times, though his yen for repetition can be exasperating. In either case, his boisterous reminder that markets are fundamentally not democracies is worth repeating as the level of wealth polarization in America reaches heights not seen since the 1920s. --Lesley Reed

Review

Review:
One Market Under God is a cogent, fiercely entertaining, and often scathing assault on the institutions and pretensions of the new capitalist order and the tyranny of the almighty market.

At no other moment in American history have the values of business and the corporation been more nakedly and arrogantly in the ascendant. In One Market Under God, social critic Thomas Frank examines the morphing of the language of American democracy into the cant and jargon of the marketplace. Combining popular intellectual history with a survey of recent business culture, Frank traces an idea he calls "market populism"-the notion that markets are, in some transcendent way, identifiable with democracy and the will of the people. The belief that any criticism of things as they are is elitist can be seen in management literature, where downsizing and ceaseless, chaotic change are celebrated as victories for democracy; in advertising, where an endless array of brands seek to position themselves as symbols of authenticity and rebellion; on Wall Street, where the stock market is identified as the domain of the small investor and common man; in newspaper publishing, where the vogue for focus-group-guided "civic journalism" is eroding journalistic independence and initiative; and in the right-wing politics of the 1990s and the popular social theories of George Gilder, Lester Thurow, and Thomas Friedman.

Frank's counterattack against the onslaught of market propaganda is mounted with the weapons of common sense, a genius for useful ridicule, and the older American values of economic justice and political democracy. Lucid and intellectually probing, One Market Under God is tinged with anger, betrayal, and a certain hope for the future.

From the Inside Flap

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy: Search Results

1.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: LOOK AT A BOOK (Miamisburg, OH, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 2YP84O001RAW

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 2.80
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.74
Within U.S.A.
2.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: BookZone Illinois (Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Anchor. Book Condition: New. Trade paperback. Pristine, Unread, Gift Quality. "American History and Political Philosophy 20140927" Stored in sealed plastic protection. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. No previous owner's markings. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 2001. Trade paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 361113

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 4.25
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.90
Within U.S.A.
3.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: Book Deals (Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 3-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Anchor, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "A sweeping, savage and witty indictment of American business." --The New York Times "This book will infuriate businesspeople-which is precisely why they should read it." --Harvard Business Review. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0385495048

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 8.96
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
4.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: Kings Ridge Media (Appleton, WI, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Anchor, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Item. Item delivered via UPS in 7-9 business days. Tracking available by request. Bookseller Inventory # CCS-118597

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 4.99
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
5.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: INDOO (Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0385495048

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 9.81
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
6.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: Paperbackshop-US (Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780385495042

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 9.40
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
7.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: Castle Rock (Amherst, NS, Canada)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New * All orders are processed and shipped from Las Vegas, NV USA *. Bookseller Inventory # 97803854950421.0

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 9.50
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
8.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: The Book Depository US (Gloucester, ., United Kingdom)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 132 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. In a book that has been raising hackles far and wide, the social critic Thomas Frank skewers one of the most sacred cows of the go-go 90s: the idea that the new free-market economy is good for everyone. Frank s target is market populism --the widely held belief that markets are a more democratic form of organization than democratically elected governments. Refuting the idea that billionaire CEOs are looking out for the interests of the little guy, he argues that the great euphoria of the late nineties was never as much about the return of good times as it was the giddy triumph of one America over another. Frank is a latter-day Mencken, as readers of his journal The Baffler and his book The Conquest of Cool know. With incisive analysis, passionate advocacy, and razor-sharp wit, he asks where we?re headed-and whether we re going to like it when we get there. Bookseller Inventory # AAE9780385495042

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 16.04
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
9.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: Nataraj Books, Inc. (Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: > 20

Book Description: Anchor. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0385495048 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI210887609

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 12.79
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
10.

Frank, Thomas
ISBN 10: 0385495048
ISBN 13: 9780385495042
Bookseller: ExtremelyReliable (Richmond, TX, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Anchor. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0385495048

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 13.68
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book