Jan. 12th, 2017

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(warning: this is personal in the extreme.)

After the election, I've seen a lot of hand-wringing about how the urban elites just don't understand rural America -- often, regrettably, phrased as "the real America", buttressed by zillions of interviews with small-town Trump voters expressing their rage and frustration with the people in the cities, especially the coastal cities.

Some of this is by conservative elites wanting to punish liberals; others are by earnest liberals wanting to know Where We Went Wrong.

Here's the thing. A lot of us city people got there after growing up rural. A lot of us know quite well what small-town and rural life is, and we rejected it. A lot of rural communities are hollowed out because the kids don't stay. Sometimes it's no jobs; other times it's "how you gonna keep 'em down on the farm."

Four out of five Americans live in urbanized areas. 80% of us. That sounds pretty damn real to me.

The urban elite reporters ought to be doing a few stories about "I interviewed N people in a working-class neighborhood of a city, and here's what they had to say about how they voted." That's just as representative of "ordinary Americans" as the people in a hollowed-out coal town.

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