Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Cities without Nations

An American caste system: Manhattan as viewed from Long Island City, Queens (Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images)
A pseudo-globalist outlook is dividing Americans by class

Brexit, Trump, the rise of national populism in the United States and Europe, and the crack-up of the old center-left and center-right — all of these are manifestations of larger trends in what might be called local geopolitics: the politics of place within countries rather than among them.

Until recently, partisan divisions in the U.S. and many other Western democracies have tended to track geographic and longtime ethnic cleavages: North versus South in America, a similar north–south divide in Italy, the Anglo-Saxon southeast versus the Celtic periphery in the U.K. These older divisions are fading in importance compared with new partisan

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Michael LindMr. Lind is a visiting professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of The American Way of Strategy.

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‐ Whoever used that hammer on Hillary’s phones should loan it to Huma Abedin. ‐ Acting as if it were an arm of the Clinton campaign, the FBI dumped the contents ...


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