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Let’s all move to the cities!

Nov 16, 2004 in Current Events


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This week’s issue of the Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger features a scathing, yet thought-provoking screed on the urban/rural political divide, and a possible future course for progressive political action. With the realization that the red state/blue state dichotomy is actually a rural/urban one, Democrats and liberals are starting to realize that the political course lay in their own backyards; even embracing such foreign notions as States’ rights.

Although the Stranger piece spews a little too much bile for my taste, it brings up an interesting point. For progressives, the only plausible choice of action is to exercise their considerable political power in their own urban neighborhoods and let Red America fend for themselves. For those liberals stuck in Red America, the most plausible choice is to move to the cities. (The Northeast and Canada are just too damn cold, and there are still plenty of liberal-minded cities in the midst of Red America.)