Thank you for posting this.
If wishes were horses etc. Full disclosure: I'm NOT riding.
But what I wish for is someone--an American--to as clearly lay out for us and our "lived experience" what you--using Matt Goodwin--have laid out for the UK experience. I discovered in the year of Brexit as a visitor in England that there was a general willingness to "ask the Yank" both about Brexit AND Trump. In those always delightful and sometimes overly earnest discussions, I discovered in England what I know to be true in America: "Urbans" are NOT the same people as "Non-urbans" even though they sport the same passports. What I heard in London that year, was decidedly NOT what I heard elsewhere in my travel around England. [PS: The Londoners I talked with were decidedly REMAINS]
I don't have stats to "back up" my gut, BUT....speaking very generally (and generously, I think):
"Elites" are Urbans and decidedly NOT in tune with Non-urbans. And the bureaucracy (capital "B"?) that runs the US is just as clearly--and intentionally--out of touch with all those whose credentials vary from (and aren't "up to") those of the Elites and their Bureaucrat toadies. IMO.
Again thanks for all you (and Lorenzo Warby) do to keep lights burning.
how close is the connection between the 4 peoples described in your essay and the 4 described in Albion's Seed?
That last story is a real hoot. (You can look that one up in your handy book of American idioms.) We have basically the same problem(s) over here. It would be nice to have a parliamentary system, though, b/c our 2 aging heavyweight parties are floundering, and no one with the necessary political talent, grounded point of view and ca$h is emerging to change the game.
If Matt Goodwin realised WHEN HE WAS WRITING there was a gargantuan error, the obvious thing to do is bin the first twenty pages and start over. Then there is this sort of thing being caught in the editorial process. By now anyone writing in this area is going to be aware of 'Lah, lalah, lah, lah' before they even hover their fingers over the Home Keys surely?. There is no point to writing otherwise; and what you are left with is wasting trees on a vanity project.
Thanks for the kind mention, Helen :-)