David Goodhart: "That's not racist"


There are two types of people. The first is educated, affluent, mobile. David Goodhart, journalist and Head of the Demography department of the Policy Exchange think tank, refers to them as ‘Anywheres’ – people who can live anywhere in the world. Are you one of them?

Goodhart contrasts the Anywheres with the ‘Somewheres’ – people for whom family, security and group affiliation are important. Where they live matters to them. They’re rooted in a particular location – a somewhere.

Anywheres accuse Somewheres of xenophobia, says Goodhart, but it’s not that simple. It’s more about anxiety in the face of fast-paced change. It’s not racist to feel most at home among people like you.

Goodhart explains the relationship between Anywheres and Somewheres in this short video:

The New Statesman published a review of his bestseller The Road to Somewhere, in which he comprehensively tackles this hidden rift.

Somewheres and Anywheres – where do you belong? Goodhart spoke at the conference "The Return of Tribes" at the GDI on 22 January 2018.