Fredric Raines is Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. His experience with public policy includes serving on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers for 2 and a half years, and a two-year research project with Edward Kalachek for the President’s Commission on Income Maintenance Programs.
Posts by Fredric Raines
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.