Antiwar.com was gracious enough to publish an essay that I’ve been working on, “Bear Any Burden: Military Sacrifice and Rise of American Populism.”
It argues that the economic, geographic, and racial disparities in military sacrifice during the Global War on Terrorism is the prime cause for modern American populism and the erosion of institutional trust in the United States. If you’d like to read more, the link is below:
I know that we are living in highly polarized times, and for many this may be a controversial thesis. I merely ask that it be approached with an open mind.
Also linked below is a repository for the datasets and code used to generate the plots and calculate some of the statistics.