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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293298.003.0007

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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