Might moving be a cure for populism?
Much has been made of the economic challenges facing the lesser-skilled and lesser-educated people whose votes are increasingly fueling the West’s populist revolution. Some countries just aren’t producing many new jobs, so the outlook remains bleak. But others are, just not in the older cities and towns these people where these people live. Is one solution to economic despair simply to move to greener pastures?
The American state of Wisconsin thinks so. It is experiencing an economic boom, something rare for an older, traditionally industrial Midwestern state. It’s job growth is so high, and its unemployment rate so low, that it is now advertising in neighbouring states. Voter anger in slow growth areas in these states provided the margin for Donald Trump’s victory. It will be interesting to see if Wisconsin’s efforts attract enough workers, and change their minds about their futures, to change that dynamic.