We are very excited to announce this morning that Thomas Frank will be joining us at Salon as a politics and culture columnist. His first new piece for us will run this Sunday.
Tom -- whose brilliant Harper's column has opened that magazine for several years, and whose books include "Pity the Billionaire" and "What's The Matter With Kansas?" -- will become our new Sunday morning essayist, with a new piece every week. We're also eager to bring you q-and-a's and other shorter takes from Tom on breaking stories as they happen.
Tom is quite simply one of the leading political writers anywhere, with a fierce intelligence, a long view of history, a piercing wit, and a committed progressive worldview which is equally as tough on the Wall Street crowd leading the Democratic Party as he is on the conservatives and cultural warriors on the right. It's a principled independence of mind that's at the essence of Salon.
And he's been consistently correct and consistently ahead of everyone: "Pity the Billionaire" diagnosed the bitter 1 percent long before Tom Perkins took to the Wall Street Journal, "What's the Matter With Kansas?" observed the roots of the Tea Party, red-state rebellion and Koch brothers astroturfing in its early incarnations.
His voice is vital to the debate over income inequality, where the Democratic Party goes next, the future of labor, the nature of conservative opposition and so much more. As long-time readers and fans of his work, we can't wait to have him get started.
Before his first piece, Tom will take some questions from readers -- if there's something you'd like to ask, leave it in the comments, post it on our Facebook page, or ask it on Twitter with the hashtag #tomfranksalon.