Our national divide is usually cast in terms of ideology, race, climate, and gender. But it might be more accurate to see our national conflict as regional and riven by economic function.
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With one of the nation’s highest income inequality and its dependence on low-wage workers, the California model may be better seen as a cautionary tale than a roadmap to a better future in the digital age.
Environmentalism and the “green agenda” has become a set of policies that directly harm working-class interests.
Will progressive policies translate to better lives for minorities? History suggests that they could be a disaster
As the Biden administration settles in and begins to formulate its agenda, progressive pundits, politicians, and activists point to California as a role model for national policy. If the administration listens to them, it would prove a disaster for America’s already-beleaguered middle and working classes.
To succeed, Joe Biden will have to confront massive pessimism about America’s direction, with some 80 percent thinking the country is out of control.
During this most miserable of years, religion, like virtually every major social institution, has been profoundly disrupted by the pandemic.
In the minds of most progressives, as well as some horrified conservatives, California is the harbinger of America’s future. Its former broad-based economy is now mostly driven by “high tech” – and tech is leaving.
The big thing that Trump got right and Biden can’t afford to screw up again: Trump promised a boom that wouldn’t just help the rich. Until the pandemic, he was delivering on that promise.
Trump may soon be out of power, but many of his views on international trade, media, economics and immigration will continue to influence politics for the next decade.
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