Let’s all move to the cities!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 @ 12:05 am | Current Events

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.)

One Response to “Let’s all move to the cities!”

  1. Luke Says:

    Thanks for pointing this article out. Although I think Dan Savage and company pose some very intriguing ideas, they’re being overly optimistic about the pervasive liberality of major metropolitan areas.

    But I guess that’s what polemics are all about, influencing opinion through rhetoric.

    My own thoughts on the subject: http://twelve_orphans.blogspot.com/2004/11/its-self-interest-stupid.html

    Savage’s ideas themselves are great, especially using the municipalities as proving grounds for liberal ideologies.

    The only way to REALLY get through to moderates is going to be to prove to the working class that social programs can help more than tax credits.