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The Political Orphanage

Apr 25, 2019

Did Trump win the election because economically displaced Rust Belt workers wanted a shake-up, or because old white guys can’t handle change? Tim Carney rejects that dichotomy and says that the 2016 election had more to do with the nature of the community you hail from: whether it’s connected, upwardly mobile, and optimistic, or pessimistic, disconnected, and lonely. His book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse,” dives into the nature of American communities and why the disappearance of clubs, churches, and diners is hurting the nation economically and psychologically.