Thursday, March 5, 2015
Stars Upon Thars
Someone has assembled some of those statistically colored maps showing those corollaries between ignorance and its consequences. (Patrick Andenall has, an ex Republican who's written a book, Stupidparty: Math Vs Myth, that from the excerpts and articles he posts is informative and bitingly funny.
The South lags behind in many measures for a couple of reasons. It never caught up after the Civil War, when it was laid to waste economically; in part by the destruction of war and in part by the destruction of its agricultural based free and cheap labor economy. Then, after the war, Southern states neglected large parts of their populations -- African Americans and working class Whites -- failing to educate them or provide them with health care and other social services according to a conservative, Capital friendly ideology.
The irony is that the South has finally won. Through the Republican Party they have won the war of ideas. Democrats have adopted Reganomics. The map of the rest of the country will become more South like as public education is destroyed, wages stagnate and living standards decline everywhere, and as Democrats continue to vote like Republicans on economic matters and otherwise do the bidding of their ruling class masters.
Soon we'll all be like the Sneetches in the Dr Suess book, not knowing if we're better than our neighbors to the South, or North, or not.
Disclaimer: The color gradations on the maps might stay the same, though, if the south declines as fast as the rest of the country, which it well could. As Republican governors in old union dense industrial states like Wisconsin and Michigan eviscerate unions and drive down living standards and wages, the flow of industry to the South that's been going on for three decades will cease. And if you save up your whole life, never take any time off, if you're lucky enough to not be out of work for too long at a time as the economy shifts ever more to causal, precarious labor, you might be able to take a drive through there and see what poverty is really like.