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Mindless Massachusetts

In America's progressive heartland, a Senate race is defined by anti-intellectualism

By James McAuley  

(photo: Diane Beckwith-Zink)

Under no circumstances can the commonwealth of Massachusetts be considered a microcosm of the United States. It’s disproportionately affluent, around 40 per cent of the local population has completed a university degree and, unsurprisingly, Democrats control the state legislature. The Bay State, after all, isn’t just the province of Harvard, the Kennedys and the so-called “Boston Brahmins” one encounters in the novels of Henry James. It’s also the historic…

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