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  •  It's the same pattern as in the US. (4+ / 0-)
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    The northern part of the continent is more affluent than the south.

    If I may venture a guess that's because the politics of overemphasizing family values leads to a poorer society.

    Not that family values aren't important, on the contrary, but building a society on the notion that we are just a collection of disparate families makes for a poor society.

    Dissolve Israel; stop distinguishing between jew and non-jew in Palestine.

    by high5 on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 12:27:08 AM PDT

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    •  Speaking only for MS: (10+ / 0-)

      Mississippi has one of the poorest parts of the country in the MS Delta. It's heavily minority and the people there live in extreme poverty. It's not because they emphasize family values, however, but because they were born African American in a state that is extremely slow in shaking off the shameful racism of its past. Our illustrious governor would rather give tax breaks to businesses than invest in education and infrastructure to help pull generations of Mississippians out of poverty.

      We also have the highest rates of teen pregnancy while the schools are required to teach abstinence, and now they are trying to pass an initiative (26) which could possibly make some forms of birth control illegal because a fertilized egg would be considered a human being. This means things like the pill or an IUD would be a form of "murder" since it would prevent implantation. The state will vote on that little gem in November.

      In short, there are a LOT of reasons Mississippi is so damn backwards and caught in a seemingly vicious cycle of poverty/teen pregnancy/structured racism/unhealthy food habits, and very few of them have to do with an overemphasis on family values. I would argue there's actually very little value in some of the policies enacted in this state.

      An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. - Gandhi

      by missLotus on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 02:45:32 AM PDT

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    •  Huh, the red states seem to completely (1+ / 0-)
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      de-emphasize family values . . .  ????

    •  In the southern hemisphere (Australia anyway) (0+ / 0-)

      it's the reverse.  The north is tropical frontier crocodile country, and most of the population and income is in the south (and a little part way up the west coast), subsidizing the north.

      And bathtub drain vortexes are opposite in direction to here in the northern hemisphere.

      Brazil might be similar, but I don't know enough to say.

      Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

      by triplepoint on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 07:08:54 AM PDT

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