Once upon a time, centre-left wing parties were the parties of working class and the poor, while centre-right parties were the parties of the wealthy, middle class and the educated. It’s not a fairytale; we all still remember the stereotypes, which were stereotypes because they were largely true.
The changes have been unfolding for decades, and it’s now safe to say that the traditional picture has been completely reversed. Take education:
Now consider wealth. Christopher Caldwell:
Democratic Party… is the party of wealth. Nine of the 10 richest states went for Biden. Fourteen of the 15 poorest went for Trump. Should the District of Columbia be made a state, as many Democrats are urging, it would be the richest one in the union, with a per capita income 17 percent higher than its nearest rival’s (Connecticut). It would also be the most Democratic. The District voted for Biden over Trump, 92–5.
This was not so in the past, but likewise has trended in the same direction over the past four decades:
As someone has recently remarked, the problem for the Democrats is that they are both the party of the 1% and of those who want to kill the 1%.
What accounts for this switch in party bases? I would venture the guess that one of the most important factors have been the almost complete hegemony all the 50 shades of left have acquired over the education system. From grade 1 to a doctorate, teaching profession has been manufacturing new generations in their own image. Andrew Breitbart was right when he said that all politics is downstream from culture. So is, in a sense, the economy. Those who shape the minds ultimately control the commanding heights. Chicken of complacency are now coming home to roost electorally.