On Geopolitics

How the Plight of a Heartland Could Upset America's Balance

Rebecca Keller
Senior Science and Technology Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 21, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A snapshot of industrial decay is seen in this picture of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 6, 2016.

A snapshot of industrial decay is seen in this picture of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 6, 2016. As the United States' economic core shifts from the heartland to the coasts, social unrest is not beyond the realm of possibility.

(JEFF SWENSEN/Getty Images)

The death of the American middle class and with it, large swaths of the American interior, is no secret. From globalization to technological change, a variety of factors has decimated the heartland of the country at the same time as demographic, economic and other trends are beginning to concentrate the...

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