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One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy
Published in hardcover by Anchor (September 18, 2001)
Author:Thomas Frank
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Elitist Statist Drivel

The book purports to be an analysis of modern popular society. It ends up being only useful to Socialist, Communist or Green politicians looking for rhetoric that sounds good to their populist audience, but doesn't amount to much.

The book is replete with silly charges (Bush won in 1998 because of the fear of flag burning is a representative example) and sentences that seem more designed to pontificate than enlighten. To quote the book, "Even more revealing of the market populist consensus was the curious mid-decade mania among conservatives for describing the operations of government in the supposedly more democratic language of business."

If you were looking for a social commentary based on research and factual evidence, this isn't it. The book is the overblown opinion about society of one person, unsupported by real evidence.

Simply stating your opinion in book form doesn't make you automatically insightful. I won't waste any more of my opinion on this book or your time in reading about it. - Thomas Sewell