COMMENTARY: Finding common ground to rebuild prosperity

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A puzzling phenomenon in American politics is when voters support candidates who have policies adverse to their economic interests.

For example, lower-income, rural voters consistently vote Republican despite the fact that, as documented by several studies, policies promoted and enacted by Republicans have primarily benefited the wealthy and led to historic increases in economic inequality.An early explanation was that these voters had been duped into voting against their economic interests by candidates who diverted their attention from economic issues to social and cultural ones. The simplicity of this narrative caused it to be readily accepted by the media and […]