Kansas Populism, then and now

Thomas Frank, in his column in today’s Wall Street Journal, calls the billions of dollars in Wall Street bonuses an outrage, and refers back to, yes, his home state of Kansas and the Populist movement which took the state by storm in the 1890s.

Kansans in the 1890s cried out “raise less corn, and more hell!” – meaning, fight entrenched business interests on behalf of the common man.  In the 1990s, Kansans were just as fiery about the abortion issue and teaching evolution in the public schools.

The thing to understand is – these are the same Kansans, in different circumstances.  Ignore them at your peril.

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