A Wisconsin professor went out and asked rural people what they thought. She listened and wrote a book about it. What a concept!
The conclusion part is that 1) they don’t feel decision-making includes them, 2) they don’t feel they’re getting a return on their tax dollars, and 3) they feel they get dismissed and disrespected.
But what I really liked is this part of the interview with the author:
… I really resist this characterization of Trump supporters as ignorant.
There’s just more and more of a recognition that politics for people is not — and this is going to sound awful, but — it’s not about facts and policies. It’s so much about identities, people forming ideas about the kind of person they are and the kind of people others are.
This sounds an awful lot like an addition to Robin Hanson’s credo:
Food isn’t about Nutrition
Clothes aren’t about Comfort
Bedrooms aren’t about Sleep
Marriage isn’t about Romance
Talk isn’t about Info
Laughter isn’t about Jokes
Charity isn’t about Helping
Church isn’t about God
Art isn’t about Insight
Medicine isn’t about Health
Consulting isn’t about Advice
School isn’t about Learning
Research isn’t about Progress
Politics isn’t about Policy
Of course, that’s almost a direct quote. So what to add? Perhaps:
Voting Isn’t About Facts
The thing is, now that I think about it, this may apply even more strongly to Clinton’s supporters.
Via Marginal Revolution.
N.B. I actually read this on election morning. You can even check the time stamp on my comment on Robin’s blog. But with all the hullabaloo, I saved the draft and forgot to post it.