A lot of nice stuff here. But this is silly: “Metropolitan cities and rural counties have a completely different worldview and value system.”
The author’s very next paragraph references the election of a Trump-lite bigot (and all-around moron) to the mayoralty of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
Rural areas and urban areas tend to vote differently for a host of reasons, but “completely different value systems” is a ridiculous over-generalization that IMO renders the author’s analysis extremely suspect. This is especially true when discussing Canada, where the urban-rural divide is far less stark than in the US, and where more people have a relatively recent generational connection to rural life.
For example: Most farmers I know, and I know a number, are as skeptical of free trade as any Naomi-Klein-reading urbanite. And in the rural places I’m familiar with (in Canada, to be fair) new immigrants from the Philippines, west Africa, and China are not merely tolerated but actively sought-after and welcomed to staunch population decline in those communities, and this is leading to one of the most interesting and under-reported stories in Canadian immigration, which is the increasingly multicultural makeup of rural Canada, a story which I suspect is very different from what we see in most of the rural US.
That such a story would be uniformly missed isn’t surprising, given how much of Canada’s (i.e., Toronto’s) young media types cast starry-eyed gazes to NYC rather than anywhere in their own country that lies west of the Humber River or east of Leslie Street.