interesting article

Makes a good case that the republican/democrat divide is a rural/urban divide.

I think Yared is right that the red/blue distinction is urban/rural, but
I don't think it's a simple transformation of the old
industrial/agricultural. The distinction is more relevantly net tax
recipient/net tax donor. Cities have three large groups of welfare
recipients: universities, government workers, and the poor. Yared
further argues that, because blue states are wealthier, red states
should copy their policies: If we were all net tax recipients, then we
would all be better off--right?