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  •  I see it as acceptance of hierarchy as the norm (3+ / 0-)
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    anninla, SueDe, Fixed Point Theorem

    Not that this doesn't exist in different form on the coasts.  In the northern and north western states, people are more apt to view equality as the norm.   It's the difference between the idea that some people are inherently inferior and the idea that some people just work harder.  It can be a subtle difference among conservatives but it can lead to different policy.  If you believe that people can succeed if they work hard, then you are apt to educate them, train them, house them, and provide healthcare.  If you just believe they are inferior then why bother.  

    •  I see what you mean (2+ / 0-)

      In Deep South, acceptance of "The Crazy" is the norm. How often have we seen the RW go off on some "crazy" tangent, and we thought, "there they go again with the batshit crazy....they must be trying to normalize crazy." Well here, that crazy is normal....nothing out of the ordinary. It's the way people have been taught to think, it's how they believe, day in and day out. The Deep South hierarchy is, of course, racist, misogynistic and class-driven. It matters not how hard one works....it's all related to which race you are, if you are a man, and you'd better not be lower-class, from the wrong side of the tracks. Sigh.

      This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

      by anninla on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:08:18 AM PDT

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      •  It took me a long time to figure out that (2+ / 0-)
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        anninla, Fixed Point Theorem

        it actually makes some people feel better if others are doing worse.  Rank, status, that kind of thing.  That's not such a prevalent way of thinking in the Midwest but it is in some parts of the coasts as well as the in the South.  

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