How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind |

I’m going to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon in three movies. And then some text.

It’s Not About Red And Blue States — It’s About The Country Vs. The City

Step outside of the city, and the suicide rate among young people fucking doubles. The recession pounded rural communities, but all the recovery went to the cities. The rate of new businesses opening in rural areas has utterly collapsed. … See, rural jobs used to be based around one big local business — a factory, a coal mine, etc. When it dies, the town dies. … Cities can make up for the loss of manufacturing jobs with service jobs — small towns cannot. That model doesn’t work below a certain population density.

all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. … They take it hard. These are people who come from a long line of folks who took pride in looking after themselves. … The rural folk with the Trump signs in their yards say their way of life is dying, and you smirk and say what they really mean is that blacks and gays are finally getting equal rights and they hate it. But I’m telling you, they say their way of life is dying because their way of life is dying. It’s not their imagination. No movie about the future portrays it as being full of traditional families, hunters, and coal mines. Well, except for Hunger Games, and that was depicted as an apocalypse.

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2012 presidential election results by county
© 2012 Mark Newman, University of Michigan