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A Big Tent Democratic Party is Probably Not a Major Problem

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Eric Levitz has a really great essay pushing back against the idea that the Democratic Party making inroads with upper-middle class voters is going to make it harder to push a progressive agenda. He brings the data to show that there really isn’t much if any difference in support for redistributive policies between college educated and non-college educated voters. None of this is to say that specific policies that affect the upper-middle class won’t cause pushback–such as we’ve seen in comments at LGM when posters suggest that maybe home ownership shouldn’t be a guaranteed form of investment and thus NIMBYism is a terrible, no-good thing–but as a whole, the evidence that bringing wealthier people into the party will reduce its ability to fight for economic justice isn’t that strong.

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