The upside of education polarization

Electoral disadvantage but cultural hegemony

I’ve written before about education polarization as a problem both for American society writ large and for Democrats’ ability to secure a Senate majority in particular.

And it is worth saying that education polarization really is the dominant political phenomenon of our time. The standard progressive narrative holds that Donald Trump is leading a movement grounded in white panic and his opponents are waging a battle for multiracial democracy. But as Ruy Teixeira wrote last week, it appears to be the case that the surge in Hispanic support for Trump was itself an education polarization phenomenon with Biden dominating among better-educated and higher-income Latino voters.

At the same time, I want to acknowledge a point Ethan Winter makes, which is that education polarization is hard to reverse in part because it bestows certain important advantages on liberals that they’d be loath to give up.

Probably the most obvious example of this is media coverage. Cons…

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