WalkAway and the Civility Gap

by Daniel B. Klein
The American Institute for Economic Research

As the Democratic Party veers further left, many are walking away from the Party. And, as the Party grows ever more “woke,” many are waking up to what the Party has really been.

The WalkAway movement was launched in June 2018 by Brandon Straka, when he uploaded what became the prototypical video of an individual telling his or her story about walking away. I did a study of the WalkAway videos, with Cy Fleming, published earlier this year in Society (available free at SSRN here). We examined the videos at the official YouTube channel posted June 29 to November 5, 2018, including 150 people who walked away from the Democratic Party.

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