October 29, 2007

Two Americas?

The two maps here shows which states would have voted which way in the 2004 presidential elections. The first shows if only the votes of poor voters were counted, and the second if only rich people were counted; with blue signifying democrats. What we see is one of class warfare, the poor votes democrats and the rich votes republicans. However reading the newspapers gives the impression that America is fundamentally divided, since the 1960s, between liberal Vs Conservative line, such as in: Abortion, Gay marriages, War on terror, etc. Short term policies designed to divide the working classes so that the elite can control the economic agenda.

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  1. Although it’s interesting to see it in this context, the left will always be more attractive to poorer sections of society (on the whole, though of course not consistently). There is no reason why this would be any different in the US.

    More interesting is your last point, and the implication that in the US, economics has turned to a no go area for the demographic process. We live in the era of “The economy, stupid!”. Neo-liberal economic thinking => politics cannot and does not interfere with the economy => continuation of neo-liberalism. It’s a manufactured tautology, and to argue against the logic means you are labelled a socialist, which in the US is worse than Hitler and you’re generally laughed away. To mask this, as you say, rather infantile issues are debated such as the right to gay marriage and the “War” “on” “Terror”.

    (I couldn’t decide which word/s in ‘War on Terror’ deserved the inverted commas, so I went for a safe bet. To me this phrase has always dripped with irony.)

    30 Oct 2007, 23:56

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