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Tucker Carlson Book Hits Both Parties, Cultural Decay

Oct. 2, 2018 (EIRNS)—Fox News host Tucker Carlson had his book published today, adding his voice to the “damn both of your parties” sensibility which is emerging across the country. Titled Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, the book has a picture of the “Ship of Fools” on the cover heading over a waterfall, which includes not only the Clintons, but also Democrats Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, neo-conservative Bill Kristol and Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos.

“The premise of the book is really simple: Why did Trump get elected?” Carlson said Monday in a telephone interview with the Florida paper Naples Daily News. “Satisfied countries aren’t going to vote Donald Trump into the White House. There has to be something profound going on for that to happen.” He said the breaking point came in 2015 when the “middle class died,” following the 2008 financial crash. “Democracies don’t work except in middle-class countries,” he writes.

The Naples paper writes:

“Carlson pointed out how there’s something wrong when people with household incomes of $80,000 annually cannot afford to send their children to summer camp. Parents nowadays continue to provide money for their children after they move out and graduate from college. And student loan debt continues to skyrocket.”

“If I could sum it up, I would say that almost all of our political volatility stems from economic causes,” Carlson said in the phone interview.

“The economy doesn’t work for most people. What’s going on is a small group of people is getting richer than anyone else has in human history and everyone else is languishing.”

“What I do is try to describe what is happening and my frustration in watching the news coverage,” Carlson said. “I’m very frustrated by the dumbness of it all.”

“Why are 23-year-old kids dying of fentanyl overdoses?” he asked. “Suicide rates for men are way up. People are struggling to pay basic things like medical bills. I’m just amazed that this all can be happening right in front of us.”

He said that the reason the media are so perverse is because most of the reporters “went to the same Ivy League schools as the people they cover. So they’re too close to their sources to understand what’s happening in the rest of America.”

“My argument at the core of the book is, all of this volatility is coming from the same place. All of these divides are not political divides; they’re economic divides. That’s the problem. People are seeing this through the wrong lens. This isn’t a partisan battle. We need a reckoning; we need to be honest about how we got here.”

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