Fox News personality Tucker Carlson is traveling the country to promote his newest book: “Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution," which was published Tuesday. The book bashes not only Bill and Hillary Clinton and fellow travellers, but Republicans as well. 

Onboard Carlson’s "Ship of Fools", are also Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but also Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Never-Trumper Bill Kristol, as well as Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. 

In the book, Carlson warns that the American “economy doesn’t work for most people,” adding that it died in 2015 and was little noticed. "Democracies don't work except in middle-class countries," he writes. There is something wrong, he writes, when families earning household annual incomes of $80,000 cannot afford to send their children to summer camp. In addition, parents are called upon to support their children even after they move from home and graduate college. All the while, student loan debt continues to skyrocket. Carlson has said that the middle class was finished off the Great Recession a decade ago. Only the extremely rich, he says have recovered and are wealthier than ever. Also suicide and drug overdoses are on the rise, particularly among men.

Carlson believes that part of the problem facing America is that national news media and other elites attended the same Ivy League schools. This means that journalists are prejudiced in favor of their sources. This explains why many political pundits and pollsters predicted a defeat for Donald Trump. 

In “Ship of Fools,” Carlson offers chapter titles that include "The Diversity Diversion" and "Elites Invade the Bedroom," as well as the epilogue "Righting the Ship," where he proffers some solutions.

On “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Carlson said, “The problem is the middle class in the country became a minority in 2015. Nobody even noticed it; it wasn’t a news story and yet it was the critical shift in my lifetime. You can’t have a democracy in a country that doesn’t have a middle class majority.” Carlson provided an answer as to why Donald Trump won the 2016 election:  “The people in charge … made a series of really bad decisions, never admitted it and, critically, never learned a single thing from it.”

The significance of a strong middle class, he said, cannot be underestimated. “All that matters is that the average person in the country feels like he’s vested in the system” and able to say, “my life is getting better, my effort is paying off, and my kids have a shot at a better life than I did.”
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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