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1. Ke$ha is the new, true face of feminism. The pop star who sang about brushing her teeth “with a bottle of Jack (Daniels).” Go grrrls.
The defining characteristic of Sweden in 1980 was not that it had high marginal taxes; it was that it was a homogenous society with intact families, high trust and stratospheric levels of social capital. Because of the way through which the American left triumphed, rather than realizing your dream of recreating Sweden in 1980 you are going to end up with a more unequal, more socially dysfunctional and less cohesive America than we have today, let alone Sweden in 1980.
So, like Minnesota or something. The link, from Scott Sumner (via Salam) discusses the Driftless Areas – the highland blue sections of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois – which might fit into Steve Sailer’s Big 10 Strategy.
3. My quick take on the blueness of The Driftless Area is that Catholic Germans and Lutheran or secular Scandinavians embrace social progressivism more readily than Anglo Saxons or Scots-Irish. When the GOP embraced more communitarian policies, they had a better chance of capturing these voters. But as the parties have split more and more on cultural and social issues, they’ve discovered that the Democrat Party lines up more with their humanistic social values. They’re also not confronted with immigration or diversity. The Driftless Area is secluded in this regard.
4. The Driftless Area has also been called the “Upper Mississippi River Valley Anomaly“. When reading on this I think of the TV show “Roseanne” which was located in fictional Lanford, Illinois which is supposedly either in west-central or north-central Illinois. Not that she’s necessarily a good prototype of the typical woman from that area, but Roseanne is socially liberal but also family oriented. Dan is working class and holds some conservative values but would also be considered socially liberal in demeanor. The area of the country being discussed is a front for a certain kind of political battle being waged in the country. Those fault lines are interesting to look at.
5. Kevin Drum sees something to the conservative argument for two-parent families and criticizes Krugman’s typical flippant liberal response to all of it.
6. Tying all of these things together, Krugman responds to David Brooks’ column about the new young conservatives by saying that these guys – Tim Carney, the aforementioned Salam, Tyler Cowen, Rod Dreher, etc. – could find a home in the Democrat party since, according to Krugman, Democrats today would have been center-right during the Nixon era.
7. Black women face a wage gap in the porn industry and this is somehow a surprise and an injustice to the people involved in the article.