Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality

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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Jacob S. Hacker is a political scientist at Yale University, and the coauthor of three books, including the New York Times bestseller Winner-Take-All Politics. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Paul Pierson is John Gross Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of six books on American and comparative politics, including Let Them Eat Tweets and American Amnesia (with Hacker) (2020).


For almost twenty years respected scholars Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have been ahead of the curve in diagnosing how the increasing concentration of wealth in America has diminished democratic accountability and threatened the underpinnings of our constitutional democracy. Now they have written a fantastic capstone volume tying together the essential elements of their story: plutocracy, asymmetric partisan polarization, counter-majoritarianism, and right-wing populism. It is a tour de force, embedded in sophisticated historical and comparative analysis yet immensely helpful in making sense of the daily headlines in these troubling times.--Thomas E. Mann, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller It's Even Worse Than It Looks
This book makes intelligible how the nightmare of our current politics has happened. With their usual acuity and verve, Hacker and Pierson confront us with an uncomfortable reality: extreme economic inequality has left America vulnerable to a right-wing extremism that has destroyed other countries' democracies in the past. Hacker and Pierson's message is not that democracy in America is doomed. But to save it, we need to come to grips with the underlying economic forces pulling it apart today.--Daniel Ziblatt, Professor of Government at Harvard University and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die
This essential book makes clear that American democracy is threatened less by Trump than by the extreme economic inequality that set the stage for his election. Growing plutocratic power preceded Trump, and will outlast him. Unless these larger forces are reckoned with, the authors warn, the United States may be locked in an escalating 'doom loop.'--Jane Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Money
Democracy, or plutocracy enabled by dog whistle politics? Those are the heart-stopping stakes, according to the compelling volume in your hands. Read this book and get in the fight.--Ian F. Haney López, author of Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America
Hacker and Pierson provide a persuasive and insightful explanation of the current extremes of American political polarization: it is the response to a fundamental and deep problem for conservatives, of how to enlist support for their self-interested economic policies in order to maintain a plutocratic society that benefits the few. Hacker and Pierson show that the conservative Republican Party's appeal to nativism and tribalism, while deep rooted in US history, is not inevitable. There is yet hope for American democracy. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding contemporary American politics.--Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2011 Nobel Laureate, economic sciences
A standout among recent releases, timed for the 2020 presidential election cycle, that seek to help readers make sense of the often-confusing political climate.... The authors, both political scientists, find evidence to build their thesis by carefully analyzing recent history.... The answers the authors come up with are cogent and distressing--and convincing. Highly recommended.--Gary Day, Booklist
Let Them Eat Tweets is the perfect title for a wise and passionate book that distinguishes between a populism genuinely challenging to elites and the 'plutocratic populism' of Donald Trump whose purpose is to entrench the power of the already privileged. Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have an admirable record of seeing around corners and their warnings about threats to majoritarian democracy--from the right and from the way our institutions are working--are telling and worrying. In the face of this danger, they offer realistic hope that democratic action can rescue democracy itself. An important book for our moment.--E.J. Dionne Jr., author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country