Political thinkers are pondering recent claims that we are in the midst of an epic transition that will rival the industrial revolution, wondering what difference these changes will make politically. The projections deal with technology but also demographics, as whites will soon become an aged minority in the United States.
So far the political implications being heralded are that the midwest will fade in political clout in favor of growing ethnically-diverse states. And that Republicans need to reach out to immigrants. But if we are going through a change bigger than the industrial revolution, there is surely more to it than that!
After the jump, an excerpt and a link to a much-talked about article in Politico, followed by an excerpt and a link to Peter Wehner’s discussion of what this needs to mean for Republicans. But then I will weigh in on what these political analyses are missing. [Read more…]