* “Evil” being shorthand for a combination of: Irrational/Anti-scientific/Angry/Selfish/Cynical/and/or Bigoted.
Now we know that the South has some good qualities; politeness, manners, duty, fairness; I was born there and half my family is from there, so I’m not just “whistling Dixie” with this post. It is meant to be a serious beginning of a scientific inquiry into the following conundrum:
When one looks at all of the societies in the ‘developed’ world, the US South stands out for routinely electing politicians who are, for lack of a better set of words: dumb jerks. Angry, selfish, brutal, cynical, short-sighted, anti-environmental, anti-empathetic, bigoted, irrational, anti-scientific, even anti-economic stability. Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin (an honorary member, since it’s southerners who respond to her brand of politics, mostly).
Why, alone in the developed world, does the US South do this? Here’s a short list of probable causes, which it will be remembered, in any social system contribute varying percentages of causality:
1. Slavery. People who moved to the US South originally, knew that it was a slave area. (more…)