21 August 2012

The Old Confederacy Is More Generous . . .

than yankee land. Of course, we already knew this. Those on the left are always eager to give away money - as long as it's not their own. This is why they get Washington to do it - skimming a tidy little sum off the top while they're at it. It's also why so many academics are leftists - they love government money - grants, tax dollars, etc, etc. Those who are philosophically and politically conservative are much more generous with their own money, as yet another recent study shows:

Red states are more generous than blue states. The eight states where residents gave the highest share of income to charity went for John McCain in 2008. The seven-lowest ranking states supported Barack Obama . . . Religion has a big influence on giving patterns. Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not. Two of the top nine states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormon residents, who have a tradition of tithing at least 10 percent of their income to the church. The remaining states in the top nine are all in the Bible Belt.

This is actually a quite fascinating study, particularly when you consider that many professional historians and academics continue to look forward to the day when the South loses it's cultural uniqueness (and superiority).

The reasons for the discrepancies among states, cities, neighborhoods are rooted in part in each area’s political philosophy about the role of government versus charity.
Isn't that interesting, especially when juxtaposed with Professor David Blight's lament:

Why doesn't the Confederacy just fade away? Is it because we are irresistibly fascinated by catastrophic loss? Or is it something else? Is it because the Confederacy is to this day the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history?

Those with a conservative political philosophy and traditional worldview would rather take care of things themselves, within their communities and churches, instead of having a big bloated federal government do it. 

This, as well as so many other pieces of evidence, shows that the South remains culturally set apart from the rest of the Nation - no matter how hard the Ivory Tower Wizards try to change it. 

Read all about it here and here.


Lindsay said...

Sort of off-topic but I looked at a few of the states and kept seeing the Bill O'Reilly Lincoln book and wondered if you had read it. If so, can you offer any thoughts on it? I have heard mixed reviews and haven't yet read it myself.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I've not read the book. I've heard it's not the best. I think you could do better - to get a complete perspective, I'd recommend Harold Holzer's biography and at least one of DiLorenzo's books about Lincoln.