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20 November 2016 @ 07:08 am
“That’s your education talking.”  
On Rural America: Understanding Isn’t The Problem

Thanx to andrewducker
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on November 20th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
Another problem: plenty of us "coastal elites" came from the white rural working class. Personally, I understand them just fine. I just don't agree.
Steveanton_p_nym on November 20th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the skull-pounding-on-desk part; so, so many urbanites either came from rural areas or are the immediate descendants of people who did. I'm one; Dad grew up on a very rural farm and moved to the city as a young man the first chance he got.

-- Steve thinks this is part of a very old story of rural people claiming to be morally superior to urbanites, which dates back at least to the Roman Republic. It wasn't true then, and still isn't true now.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on November 24th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
It dates back at least to the Biblical prophets.
El Coyote Gordo: buckysupergee on November 20th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
The farm and the working class are good places to be from.
Sharon Kahndreamshark on November 21st, 2016 07:00 am (UTC)
And don't forget that a lot of us "coastal elites" actually live in fly-over land.

The split is not actually coastal vs heartland; it is rural vs urban. Looking at the electoral map on a per-state basis is very misleading. A "blue" state is just one where more than half the population lives in a major metropolitan area (and vice versa for red states).