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Cultural Wars are a handy distraction from spending COMMENT – Baltimore Solar.

As Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution noted on my The Remnant podcast recently, this is exactly what has happened in Western Europe. There is broad consensus among European political parties on spending and a generous welfare state. This does not mean that economic issues are not important to European voters. But the partisan struggles are often about which state-dependent interests – government employees, unions, farmers, large corporations – should receive more subsidies or protection. In the meantime, cultural issues such as European identity versus national identity and especially immigration are becoming major sources for brand differentiation.

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