The Eleven American Nations (c/o Tufts Magazine)

The Eleven American Nations (c/o Tufts Magazine)

2016-02-22 @ 12:30 CST

Given my schedule, often I have to put something on this blog for further study, without making too many comments of my own. Here is one such item, which I spotted – somewhere – on Facebook today.

The Washington Post (November 8, 2013) cites this telling analysis by Colin Woodard (Tufts Magazine, Fall 2013) about how North America is sorting itself out into eleven distinct “nations” with very different makeups and outlooks on life. If Woodard is right – and his analysis makes a lot of sense to me – the implications not just for this election year, but our national future, are powerful.

As Woodard writes in Tufts Magazine, “Our continent’s famed mobility has been reinforcing, not dissolving, regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities.” This has great implications for dealing with violence-related issues such as gun control and the death penalty, again as Woodard notes. It seems unlikely that these eleven distinct “nations” can come to a consensus on these or any other major issues – at least any which will satisfy everybody. – (יוחנן רכב)

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  1. Very interesting and not something I’d have considered to the depth you speak of it here. The implications are potentially explosive.

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