States of Neglect
How Red-State Leaders Have Failed Their Citizens and Undermined America
by William Kleinknecht
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Pub Date 21 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2023
As America continues down its path of polarization, a celebrated journalist tells us the deep story of the red-state/blue-state divide
In the wake of Trump’s presidency, Republican-led states have joined in an alarming assault on our democratic system. But the drift toward authoritarianism in red states has far deeper roots. We now have a country where tens of millions of people live under regimes that have spent years starving education and health care, empowering polluters, engaging in voter suppression, and neglecting their citizens’ well-being in the interest of cutting taxes for the wealthy.
In States of Neglect, journalist William Kleinknecht surveys the landscape of neglect in states including Texas, Florida, and Arizona through the experiences of a rich cast of characters. He visits environmental dead zones in the Texas Gulf region. He investigates Arizona’s abandonment of public education and its corrupt charter school industry. He shows how Mississippi’s denuded health care system has made the Magnolia State the sickest in the nation. And he explains how North Carolina allows its people to sink into poverty while catering to the needs of corporations.
As a postscript, Kleinknecht proposes how progressive states on either coast might join in a compact of “progressive federalism” that uses their superior economic and cultural resources to counter the influence of the far right.
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Average rating from 8 members
Wow, this is a great book at looking at how red states got to be where they are, the rise of Donald Trump, and what separates a red state from a blue state.
I found the information presented to be clear, concise, and backed up with research.
I really liked the ways in which red states are not protecting the environment and showing in graphic detail how red states are just about corporations and their interests.
Its sad that people keep voting in politicians who won't better the future for their populace.
I also found it sad that the federal government would institute a plan like the ACA and then have states reject it even though it would mean more health care and more money in the states pockets.
It is mind blowing to believe that most Republican governors are so thick headed to think that they don't need to take care of their citizens.
I think everyone should read this book who is interested in politics and how they shape an individuals life.