There Are Two Americas Now: One With a B.A. and One Without
The Republican Party has become crucially dependent on a segment of white voters suffering what analysts call a “mortality penalty.”
This penalty encompasses not only disproportionately high levels of so-called deaths of despair — suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol abuse — but also across-the-board increases in several categories of disease, injury and emotional disorder.
“Red states are now less healthy than blue states, a reversal of what was once the case,” Anne Case and Angus Deaton, economists at Princeton, argue in a paper they published in April, “The Great Divide: Education, Despair, and...