Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

Red and Blue States of Mind

Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer during his speech at a campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., October 6, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani (Tim Duggan, 208 pp., $22.00) The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (Penguin, 352 pp., $28.00)

‘Tribal” has become this era’s ubiquitous sociopolitical descriptor. In the 1992 presidential election, fewer than 40 percent of Americans lived in a “landslide county,” where the more popular candidate had a margin of victory exceeding 20 percent of the county’s votes. Nationwide, the 2016 election was much closer, and yet it saw more than 60 percent of Americans residing in landslide counties. The share of voters living in “extreme landslide counties,” where the victory margin exceeded 50 percent, increased from 4 percent in 1992 to 21 percent in 2016. As Americans continue to self-segregate, our partisan affiliations and political opinions

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