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A recent Gallup poll interviewed more than 178,000 people to determine which state is the "happiest". Residents of each state were asked various questions about work, social life, the availability of food, shelter, and healthcare, as well as physical and emotional health.
The poll showed that residents of the Midwest are the happiest in the nation and the only state east of the Mississippi to make into the Top Ten by happiness is Vermont. This demonstrates the utter falsity of the mainstream media's and popular culture's portrayal of the Midwest as a barren, dreary, miserable place. The film Fargo which ironically took place in North Dakota's most populous city, was so acclaimed by critics not only for its edgy plot, but also since it made the Midwest look like a dark, cold, violent, and utterly unpleasant place.
But what are some characteristics of the happy state of North Dakota? There is of course, the oil boom of recent years, which allowed the state to weather the Great Recession that is ravaging the rest of the country. North Dakota has the highest GDP and job creation rate and the lowest unemployment in America. But economic prosperity can hardly be the main explanation.
A more likely, yet unmentioned (and unmentionable) reason for North Dakota's relative happiness are its demographic characteristics. The state is remarkably homogenous. North Dakota is 90% White, 86% Christian, and 95% English-speaking. In fact, more North Dakotans (1.39% v. 1.37% ) speak German than Spanish and the three largest ancestry groups in the state are the Germans, the Norwegians, and the Irish.
In short, North Dakota strongly adheres to the Founding Fathers' vision for this country, as articulated by Sam Francis in his "Paleo Persuasion":
"It was intended by the Founding Fathers to be an Anglo-Saxon-Celtic nation also influenced by Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem."
In his seminal "E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century", Robert Putnam (the author of "Bowling Alone") shows how diversity - that wretched idol of the American Left - destroys communities, hurts civic life, and causes unhappiness. And as Pat Buchanan proves in "Suicide of a Superpower", diversity is a weakness, not a strength. In fact, diversity seems to be a fatal weakness that is destroying not only America, but the West as a whole. Is it any surprise then, that a homogenous, non-diverse state like North Dakota is the happiest?
Not that the commentariat and the noxious cultural elites will ever admit this. Sure, they practice homogeneity in their private lives by living in Lily-White suburbs, yet howl with indignation when real Americans dare to question diversity.
Such is the America we live in today. A country as far from the America envisioned by the Founding Fathers in light years, as Manhattan is from North Dakota in miles.
Regarding Robert Putnam's "E Pluribus Unum". Putnam shelved his research for a half decade while he tried to figure out how to spin these uncomfortable (to him) results. One of his proposed solutions (i.e., spins) was to emulate the actions of the US military services promoting diversity. In other words, imposing a garrison state solution. Just what one would expect from a liberal Harvard academic.
Great piece although I would think any true Paleoconservatives would be most happy to live together regardless of their race/ethnicity. This is why America worked in the first place. I am always amused to read things or watch movies about WWI where the British and Germans are referring to each other as backward "races". The important thing is that Paleos put God first and the Neocons put Wall Street first. When my great-grandparents came to Texas the American dream was to earn enough so you could own your own small business which is becoming impossible these days. My German, Italian, and Lebanese ancestors all learned English. None of them got free college tuition either. A famous conservative Mexican in the early 19th century named Lucas Alaman wrote that he thought Mexico would be happy forever if it adopted the British system of government. He liked Edmund Burke too. Sadly, the Enlightenment ideas grew more and more popular in Mexico due to all the Freemasonsonry. It's too bad there are not more like him in Mexico today.
Louis, I of course agree that paleos (for the most part)would prefer the company of other paleos, even though they are of different ethnic stock. I certainly prefer the company of my fellow Chronicles contributors (who are of a different religion and ethnicity from me) than Jewish liberals and neocons. But "America worked in the first place" because none of the idiotic notions of diversity being a strength and multiculturalism being essential were in play. Everyone had to assimilate to American (read: predominantly WASP) culture. And don't forget, immigration from Third World countries was non-existent before 1965. The most "exotic" immigrants before 1965 were Lebanese and Syrian Christians and Jews coming here in the first decades of the 20th Century. Now the American Dream (whatever's left of it anyway) is to work for the public sector, preferably in a public sector union job, or for one of those bankster conglomerates like the dreadful and criminal Goldman Sachs. When I opened my own law practice, virtually all my professors and American classmates reacted with horror: "Why don't you work for the government for a few years at least?!"
pat buchanan recently asked where did same sex marriage come from, its not in the western cultural vocabulary, nor the demographic change that ND's cold has deterred. sailer suggests from whom:
But is it good for the gays?
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