Friday, November 8th, 2002

Good election analysis by Farai Chideya here. The real interesting thang to me is the study she cites which notes that, in fact, Democratic states are subsidizing Republican states. That’s pretty damn deep. In other words, all the states that claim to be most American in values–self-sufficient, thrifty, individualist–are really benefiting from an anti-egalitarian system of taxing. The study only goes to the 2000 elections, but it would be fascinating to see how this trend developed. It is a finding that actually really neatly dovetails with social ecology work being done on a more local and regional level, as Mike Davis’ new book “Dead Cities” neatly summarizes.

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