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Exceptional AmericaWhat Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other$
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Mugambi Jouet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293298

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293298.001.0001

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Millions Standing against Their Own Economic Interest

Millions Standing against Their Own Economic Interest

(p.168) Six Millions Standing against Their Own Economic Interest
Exceptional America

Mugambi Jouet

University of California Press

Millions of white working-class and middle-class Americans vote against their own economic interest by defending policies that hurt them while profiting the rich, including the 1% wealthiest Americans. Several factors help explain this peculiar dimension of U.S. politics: myopia fostered by anti-intellectualism; the relationship between religious fundamentalism and free-market fundamentalism; blind faith in the American Dream; and how racism hinders economic solidarity.

Keywords:   Voting Against Self-Interest, Anti-Intellectualism, Racism, Immigration, American Dream, Market Fundamentalism, Populism

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