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Mystified by US politics? A new play explains the ideological divide

By Matthew Wolfson  

“The plot centres on a fictional American family that symbolise the nation’s ideological chasm”

I lived in England during the run-up to the 2012 US presidential election and, as an American, was regularly subject to questions like, “You know, Mitt Romney would get two percent of the vote here, how does half of your country like him?” I never found a way to explain our politics, in part because they’re so difficult to even describe. I know a number of…

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