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Wed Dec 21, 2016, 12:32 PM

Heres the real reason Rust Belt cities and towns voted for Trump

"Until this election, this group of voters had not followed other regions’ rural, uneducated whites in moving Republican."

By Josh Pacewicz, WaPo

Josh Pacewicz is an assistant professor at Brown University and the author of “Partisans and Partners: the Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society.”

My research suggests that Rust Belt populism is rooted in the region’s loss of locally owned industry — not simply because of economics but because of how that loss hollowed out the community structure that once connected people to politics, leaving residents alienated and resentful.

By the 2000s, the Rust Belt’s community leaders were entirely focused on economic development partnerships. They saw statecraft as a technical affair and focused on building coalitions to secure grants, woo corporate subsidiaries (frequently with public subsidies) and create cultural amenities — art walks, music festivals and farmers markets — that would attract young professionals and therefore corporate interest in their cities’ workforces.

This grass-roots shift toward post-partisan place marketing was important. For starters, it paradoxically fueled political extremism in national politics. As community leaders shifted from fighting one another to collaborating on economic development, they left grass-roots parties in the hands of ideological activists. The local GOP, for example, that had once been a Chamber of Commerce surrogate — and therefore a moderately pro-business party — became instead a vehicle for those championing issues such as abortion, guns and anti-immigrant views.

Instead of seeing politics as a contest between working people and the business class, many voters seethed with undirected populist resentment at a technocratic, corporate-friendly elite. Anticipating Trump, many felt culturally and politically invisible and hoped for a shake-up. As one man told me in 2008:

I think it’s crap. We got a lot more retail (and cultural amenities), but these things don’t appeal to your average person. . . . We used to have factory jobs, but people had to settle for Walmart. We got businesses coming in with their money and saying, “Your city wants it!” That’s not democracy — that’s communism. (But our leaders) don’t give a s— about what happens. We need to tear things down and take them back to where they used to be.

Read it at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/12/20/heres-the-real-reason-rust-belt-cities-and-towns-voted-for-trump/?utm_term=.5d96b2f89b3e&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 21, 2016, 01:02 PM

1. back to where they used to be blacks knew their place, gays hid in the closet, non chrisitans kept

their mouths shut

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 21, 2016, 01:21 PM

2. What is the average person nowadays?

Excluding the obvious age difference, the average 25 year old is significantly different than the average 65 year old both today and 40 years ago when that 65 year old was 25. Today's 25 year old is much less likely to be white, is much more likely to have a college degree and is a lot less religious. Some may not like it but we cannot turn back the hands of time.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Dec 21, 2016, 01:32 PM

3. Fuck them

For sticking us with this bitch.
Rust belts gonna get real rusty.

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