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A Day Trip to Dearborn, Michigan: New at Reason

Monday, November 21, 2016 14:41
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For some quick perspective on topics that are flaring in the aftermath of the presidential election—American manufacturing, bigotry, the difference between coastal elite America and flyover country, the environment—one can do a lot worse than a quick day trip to Dearborn, Michigan, Ira Stoll writes.

On the day Stoll arrived in Michigan, midweek, rental cars were so scarce, because of “unusually high demand,” that the daily prices were more than his airfare from Boston. Was there big convention? A college football game? It turned out to be the opening day of deer hunting season with regular firearms.

“That explanation was so far outside the realm of what I had expected that I laughed aloud at the realization that I wasn’t in Boston anymore,” notes Stoll. “It wasn’t so clear if I was laughing at myself or at the hunters; what is clear is that college-educated journalists like me spent too much time this election cycle laughing at Trump voters and their regions of the country, and not enough time listening to them.”

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