Category Archives: America Incognita

The fringes, the factions and the disintegrating center of these United States.

C-Span Q&A: Helen Andrews on “Shame Storm”

Helen Andrews discusses her First Things magazine piece on online shaming titled ‘Shame Storm.’

Source: Q&A Helen Andrews, Jan 4 2019 | Video |


Forward Observer Radio – 166: Low Intensity Domestc Conflict, Steve Bannon, and National Populism

Listen to Forward Observer Radio episodes free, on demand. On this week’s show, I talk about why we’re in a low intensity conflict, Steve Bannon in Europe and his new Citizens of the American Republic PAC, and National Populism. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. For free. Bonus and ad-free content available with Stitcher Premium.

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NPR Fresh Air: A Trucker’s Stories From The Road

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people’s belongings across the country. His memoir, ‘The Long Haul,’ is filled with insights about life on the road, and the subculture of truckers. Also, we remember Burt Reynolds, who died on Thursday. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1994. And Geoff Nunberg shares a defense of the word “falsehood,” which he argues isn’t just a decorous synonym for “lie.”

Source: A Trucker’s Stories From The Road / Remembering Burt Reynolds : NPR

The Urban-Rural Divide: Why Geography Matters – A Conversation With Jonathan Rodden


The Urban-Rural Divide: Why Geography Matters

In the past, it was dispersed rural interest groups who favored free trade, and concentrated urban producers who wanted protection for their new industries. Now, in the age of the knowledge economy, the relationship has reversed. Much of manufacturing now takes place outside of city centers. Ever since the New Deal and the rise of labor unions, manufacturing has been moving away from city centers and spreading out to exurban and rural areas along interstates, especially in the South. In an era of intense global competition, these have now become the places where voters can be most easily mobilized in favor of trade protection.

Moreover, much like manufacturing in an earlier era, the knowledge economy has grown up in a very geographically concentrated way in certain city centers. These are the places that now benefit most from globalization and free trade. We’re back to debates about trade and protection that occupied Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, although the geographic location of the interests has changed over time. Changing economic geography has shaped our political geography in important ways, and contributed to an increase in urban-rural polarization.