Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics

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Western Europe The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics BY DAVID GOODHART. Hurst, 2017, 280 pp.

This book is timely, partly persuasive, and politically incorrect. Goodhart identifies two basic groups in British society: "anywheres" and "somewheres." The first group contains urban, mobile, relatively young, wealthy, and highly educated elites of various ethnicities. The second comprises older, more sedentary, poorer, and less educated provincials, almost all of whom are white. "Anywheres" dominate elite education, the financial services industry, major media outlets, and the government technocracy-all of which are clustered in and around London. "Somewheres," by contrast, are spread throughout the rest of the United Kingdom, where they seek in vain to defend local traditions, national identity, and what they conceive of as decent lower- and middle-class family values. …

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