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The 2020 Election has already had significant analysis about the results, and there will be much better work coming in early 2021. There has, though, been little analysis so far on how this fits into long-term political
trends in the United States. Here is one initial view of where 2020 fits into the larger trajectory of our democracy.
How the States were Ratified as Population Grew Westward - from 1787 to 2010
Data and math can’t always separate truth from fiction. But even in the face of uncertainty, they can often separate plausible from ridiculous. For example, if you say we should eliminate the income tax and pay for it by cutting defense spending by 50%, I can collect the data, add up the numbers, and ask you what you’re going to do about the other $1 trillion in lost revenue.
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