Vox Nova addresses a growing concern. We are perceiving a widening gap between urban and rural America. Politically defined America appears to grow more regionally concentrated, such as in Missouri where I live: City of St Louis, West County, St Charles County.

But the effects of 21st century urbanization overlay even the smallest of places. Example: urban culture in SE Kansas where in our frequent visits we observe urban music and social inroads. The life of cities extends more widely than ever via media, commerce, especially through the internet. Urban life informs and shapes our world-view.

Our increasingly connected urbanized America is more densely populated, diversified, and prominently income disparate. We may be seeing rural and urban socio-political differences more regionally defined. But can they pull America apart?

The overlay of urbanization – it’s density, diversity, disparity – may be more definitive of America’s future.

Vox Nova

I’VE MENTIONED BEFORE IN THIS SPACE that I have been worried about the long-term prospects for the survival of the United States as a unified and cohesive political entity. I still am.

Before I get to the specific reasons for my concern, it is worth pointing out that countries and empires have been breaking up, merging with one another, annexing territories, granting those territories independence and so on since the first farmer planted the very first crop 10 or 12 millennia ago and the whole project of human civilization began. Recent world history suggests that the breakup of the United States into a sort of commonwealth of independent countries need not be violent or otherwise ruinous, at least in principle. The breakup of the old Soviet Union was accomplished with relatively little bloodshed.

Go back a few decades, and we have examples in our own history — the Philippines, the…

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