FRED SIEGEL, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute,
author of The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has
Undermined the Middle Class
Introduction by BEN SMITH, BUZZFEED
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In his new book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, Fred Siegel, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and scholar in residence at St. Francis College, rewrites the history of the top-and-bottom coalition we know as American liberalism. Forget Jefferson, Jackson, and Roosevelt — Siegel argues that the foundational thinkers behind modern liberalism were a surprisingly different cast of intellectuals including Sinclair Lewis, Herbert Croly, and H.L. Mencken.
Siegel explains why today’s brand of liberalism has steadily eroded the middle class it claims to protect, replacing it instead with a coterie of special interest groups and crony capitalists.
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Fred Siegel is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership, a City Journal contributing editor, and an expert on market-friendly public-policy solutions for urban governance. For many years he made his intellectual home at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Before joining the faculty of Cooper Union, Siegel was a visiting professor of modern American history at the University of Paris. A former fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he is currently scholar-in-residence at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.