I stumbled across this in my endless internet meanderings-
The blogger posits that a deal was made with Mexico and China to permit manufacturing imports in return for industrial imports. I don’t know how explicit it was, but it seems a reasonable example of rural interests taking precedent over urban interests. As I have said in “White Socialism” rural, “traditionalist” interests are by no means conservative. The New Deal only married long-established rural rent-seeking to somewhat more recent urban rent-seeking under the roof of the federal government.
The Brussels Journal recently had a post where they used an old British movie about a woman visiting a little island in Scotland to show traditional culture under assault-
I took a look at the embedded video and I saw something entirely different. Many people don’t remember that rural culture was in times past treated with great reverence in socialist propaganda, e.g. this movie. Protecting, or pretending to protect, the quaint culture of The People from the evils of capitalism was a big part of the socialist project. The People of the countryside were more than willing to go along.
The People of the countryside are at least as mean and stupid and The People of the city, if not more so. All these quaint singing and dancing Scots were quite likely hostile and cruel to any outsiders, especially city people.
The mystically revered “family farm” of US agricultural policy is mostly gone, or the family is quite rich. But farm state senators will trade their votes for subsidies, so white socialism is alive and well in the hinterlands.