French Peasants of 1848: The First “Deplorables”

One of the most salient features of recent electoral politics is the mutual incomprehension between urban progressives and rural dwellers. We saw this with the US presidential election of 2016—which gave us the term “deplorables”—as well as with the Brexit vote of the same year, and again with the US election of 2020.  Examples of this … Continue reading French Peasants of 1848: The First “Deplorables”