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Why I Can’t Stand Rich People With Liberal Lawn Signs

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You know those lawn signs that say things like “Hate has no home here” or “Water is life?” Well, Thomas Frank, author of The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism and the guest on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal, cannot stand those signs.

They’re well-intentioned, but he claims they’re missing a huge part of what it means to be a liberal, like supporting labor.

“It’s not a badge that you wear. It’s about reform. We’ve got to achieve those reforms,” he tells co-host Molly Jong-Fast. “There was always something about those signs that rubbed me the wrong way. And it took me a while to figure it out. But once I did, I started noticing this everywhere,” he says.

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