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Reader Comments (2)

A good story on cultural polarization at a local level:

I think more needs to be said about the enormous cultural disruption of increasing globalization and technological and information processing innovations that eliminate many blue collar and even white collar jobs. For some areas this is coupled with issues arising from climate change.

The details may be a bit confused (one of the remaining industries is Chinese owned). But that means that there are possibilities of going in many directions, and tipping points into others. I've met people similar to the Obama to Trump voters described here. Hope unrealized can turn bitter. One of the results of the distancing into urban and rural is that the more right wing leaning group is becoming more dependent on fossil fuel based commuting than ever. Which makes climate change initiatives harder to accept.

An analogy to the Butler County sheriff described in this article is one from NW Washington State: Sedro-Woolley's economy was once based on the logging industry. Times of economic distress are always ripe for scapegoating.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis


there is definitely a major upheaval in/reallocation of status occurring in US right now... fills politics w/ a dangerous energy.

July 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

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