The Rural Way

Traffic on Interstate 110 in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2012. (Bret Hartman/Reuters)
City-dwellers and suburbanites get a hard lesson in human nature, common sense, and the value of self-reliance.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A lmost every national Election Night reveals the same old red/blue map. The country geographically is a sea of red. The coasts and small areas along the southern border and around the Great Lakes remain blue atolls.

Yet when the maps are recalibrated for population rather than area, the blue areas blow up, expanding to smother half the country — a graphical metaphor for the dominant cultural influence of city over country.

Ideological differences are now being recalibrated as rural-urban on issues from guns and abortion to taxes and foreign policy. Red/conservative is often synonymous with small-town and rural. Blue/progressive is equivalent to

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