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The Lost Left

Hayden Couvillion

Over the past two weeks the politics of the center-left have come back into focus. First with the release of the new media platform, Verrit, followed quickly thereafter with the leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened.

Each of these events on their own are one-off stories of a disgruntled member of the political class, yet together they form a fuller picture of an unsure Democratic party clinging to a message that failed to resonate with voters. Continue reading “The Lost Left”

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The Contradiction of Personal Responsibility

Hayden Couvillion

PBS recounted a story in early of July of a four year old, who unable to pay for her breakfast, had her lunch dumped in the trash. The teaching assistant who witnessed the incident said “She did not protest, other than to walk away in tears.”

Known as ‘lunch shaming,’ throwing away a meal, or otherwise penalizing a student for their inability to pay for it is not unusual. According to the USDA, about half of all school districts shame their students if they cannot afford their breakfast or lunch. And the reasoning often falls outside budgetary concerns, instead falling within a school administration’s desire to teach kids and parents responsibility. As one commenter on a story outlining a similar lunch shaming incident wrote “Personal responsibility is important for these kids to learn.” Continue reading “The Contradiction of Personal Responsibility”

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The Other Silent Majority

Hayden Couvillion

White rural America is playing an outsized role in America’s political narrative, and with reason. As J.D. Vance and Nancy Eisenberg write in their respective books, Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash, rural high-school educated white voters are facing dramatic social and economic hardships. These hardships and consequent frustrations were major forces that propelled Donald Trump from a long-shot candidate to the office of the presidency.

Yet, lost in the narrative are the stories of some 600 plus rural counties that are far from majority white.
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