It is long past time to explain that second map in the right sidebar. Here is a larger version of that map. The highest quality of life is shown in deep blue; the lowest quality of life is shown in deep red.
This index is composed of eight variables. The seven non-political variables should be fairly non-controversial. The eighth, political variable, gives a preference to Republican governance over Democrat governance. All else being equal, I presume readers of this blog prefer conservative values over leftist values.
Here are the eight variables.
- the homicide rate per 100,000 population (the lower, the better);
- the violent crime rate per 100,000 population (the lower, the better);
- the CoVID-19 death rate per 1 million population (the lower, the better);
- the average unemployment rate for 2019-2020 (the lower, the better);
- the fertility rate (the higher, the better);
- square miles of arable land (crops or pasture land) per capita (the higher, the better – this was suggested by reading Rawles’s Survival Blog);
- the domestic (between states) migration rate (a composite of the absolute migration and the relative migration rate – the higher, the better);
- the Cook Partisan Voting Index (the vote in a state compared to the national average – the more Republican, the better).
These variables measure different kinds of things and are measured on different kinds of scales. At this step, certain mathematical things take place (transformation of support and standardization), which put the eight variables all on the same footing. Then the results are averaged together to come up with one overall score.
Here are some of the highlights.
- Homicide is exceptionally high in Louisiana and Mississippi.
- Violent crime is exceptionally high in Alaska and New Mexico.
- Unemployment is exceptionally high in Nevada.
- Fertility is exceptionally low in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
- Arable land per capita is exceptionally low in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
- The emigration rate is exceptionally high in California, Illinois, and New York.
There is a clear bloc of six states that would form the core of a New America: Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Maine and Iowa are not far behind. However, even in the lowest ranked states (in order: New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois) and many others, there is a clear contrast between the quality of life in the cities and almost everywhere else in those states.
According to the “official” (criminally fraudulent) results of the 2020 presidential election, the senile pedophile won by 7 million votes. President Trump could have won the popular vote, even by the fraudulent standards of 2020, by simply excising 20 counties (or equivalents) from the United States of America:
- California: Los Angeles, Alameda (Oakland), Santa Clara (San Jose), San Francisco
- Illinois: Cook (Chicago)
- New York: Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Bronx (4 of the 5 boroughs of New York City)
- Washington: King (Seattle)
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
- Massachusetts: Middlesex (Boston)
- Florida: Miami-Dade, Broward
- Michigan: Wayne (Detroit)
- Maryland: Prince George’s (Washington suburb), Montgomery
- District of Columbia
- Minnesota: Hennepin (Minneapolis)
- Oregon: Multnomah (Portland)
Baltimore City, Maryland, comes in for dishonorable mention.
It would be fun to rerun the 2020 election without those counties, and see how not only the White House, but Congress and the governors change. But since there is no obvious way to expel counties from the union, we should re-examine secession movements. The bottom of this blog includes links to several resources on secession from the union. Moreover, there is growing interest in secession within the union. Here is a partial list of secession movements.
- Southern and eastern Oregon counties want to join Idaho, without forming a new state;
- southern Illinois counties want to secede from Chicago and form a new state;
- eastern Washington counties want to form the new state of Liberty;
- Texan activists want to secede from the union;
- the Shenandoah Valley and western Virginia counties want to join West Virginia, without forming a new state.
If these movements are not permitted to succeed, then civil war is virtually guaranteed, and could only be prevented by a Constitution-destroying dictatorship. The left is already seceding from us, denying us employment and the ability to do commerce. Let’s make it official.