[A] reconciliation between Tea Party activists and urbanites has to be a two-way street. People on the right need to understand that a freer economy -- in which we don't subsidize rural and suburban living quite so heavily -- will tend to deliver more density, and that density will tend to deliver more entrepreneurial growth. Urbanities need to understand that activism at the local level and at the federal level are very different in character, and that there is a strong case for real institutional diversity of the kind that is undermined by a powerful and intrusive federal government. My worry is that it will be easier to sell the right on cities than urbanites on economic freedom and federalism.
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