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What I learned on my red state book tour

What I learned on my red state book tour

I've just returned from three weeks in "red" America.

It was ostensibly a book tour, but I wanted to talk with conservative Republicans and tea partiers. I intended to put into practice what I tell my students -- that the best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree with you. I wanted to learn from red America, and hoped they'd also learn a bit from me (and perhaps also buy my book).

But something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and tea partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.

For example, most condemned what they called "crony capitalism," by which they mean big...