Saturday, September 05, 2015

The death of a citizen

I associate the idea of being a citizen of the world with cosmopolitan SWPL types. It's not an inaccurate association when they are compared with badwhites, but it's a tendency more fully characteristic of the entire Fringe coalition than I would have guessed.

In 2014, the GSS asked respondents if they "feel more like a citizen of the world than of any country". The following table shows the percentages of respondents who either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the sentiment. Thus the higher the percentage, the less globalist and more nationalist a group's identification.

Another way to read "citizen of the world" in this context, though, is as someone with hostility to the concept of the United States as a unified political entity. As is often the case with broad survey questions like these, the list of potential responses is not as clarifying or exhaustive as we'd like them to be. I don't identify much as a citizen of the United States but I identify even less as a citizen of the world. There simply isn't an obvious response indicative of localism here. If the choice is dichotomous, though, I'm coming down as a citizen of the country rather than of the world:

Political orientation
Educational attainment
Less than high school31.2
High school grad50.0
Some college53.3
Bachelor's degree65.1
Graduate level60.7
Social class

The young, the non-white, the poorly educated, the lower classes, the foreign-born, the politically leftist--these are the people who don't feel much attachment to the idea of being American citizens. Demography is destiny, and our destiny looks to be a disunited America. Remove 30 million, virtually all of whom fall into one of these groupings, and there might be a snowball's chance in hell of avoiding that fate, but even then I doubt it.

GSS variables used: CITWORLD(1-3)(4-5), AGE(18-29)(30-44)(45-64)(65-89), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10)(15-16), CLASS, SEX, EDUC(0-11)(12)(13-15)(16-17)(18-20), POLVIEWS(1-2)(4)(6-7), BORN


Anonymous said...

The foreign born may be less of a problem than the indoctrination by the media, advertising, public schools and universities. I mean, people's diet consists almost entirely in the globalist universalist bull crap.

The Way said...

Start the WORLD!!!

Audacious Epigone said...


Yes, that distinction is hardly surprising, though the idea--a pretty dumb idea that I assume very few people actually believe to be true--that newly minted immigrants eagerly embrace their citizenship more enthusiastically than natives do is incorrect.

M said...

I think the switcharound at Upper class levels, and to a lesser degree at Graduate vs Bachelor, is interesting.

It suggests to me that thinking of yourself first and foremost as an American citizen is likely to be linked to a) actually being like the average citizen (you think of yourself as being part of a nation because you genuinely are like people in your nation) and b) peaking at just above average status (your life is going pretty well, so why not give the nation the benefit of the doubt?).

Graphing this question against respondent income and wordsum (as a proxy for beneficial life outcomes) might be revealing as well.

Age differences seem likely to link to wealth and race - more minorities and foreign born among youngers (and Whites are like a mere plurality among them) and wealth is lower for them.

Commodore said...

It's kind of a weird question in any case; citizen implies ownership to some extent. I'd rather just check an "other" box and write-in "subject of the crown".

Dan said...

Very interesting. I find it especially ironic that the least educated would regard themselves as global citizens, since they would be the ones least likely to have a passport.