"It will never, ever occur to this person that the causation just might work the other way: if you live in a blue state, with all its high taxes and regulations to try to protect people, you might be more likely to be poor.Anyone who thinks small towns and rural areas are a "social Darwinist's paradise" doesn't deserve to be read any further than that."I'm trying to curtail the length of my posts on this site, so maybe this won't be as complete as it should.I am from the South, and currently live there again. Probably I'm going to leave again one day, and never go back, but that is a story for another day.Additionally I am from the rural south. Now let me say what this post is all about:There is literally nothing left in the rural south that is economically viable. The world of even 50 years ago is gone. Agriculture is a game that takes serious funds to operate now. You still see some guys do the little watermelon farming and whatnot, but essentially they are playing at it. The mills are gone now, and the other assorted factories that were once there are gone as well.There are still some agriculture jobs, but not many. Mechanized agriculture has totally destroyed the world that existed as short a time ago as the 50's.If it weren't for transfer payments like Social Security, Welfare, Food Stamps and the like it would not be financially possible to support yourself in these areas, let alone pay for things like schools (and football teams).Even if you got the land for free.The sad fact is that essentially no one is interested in these areas enough to even be Darwinian about it anymore.
sunbeam / Cail Corashev on Steve Sailer's