By Joel Kotkin
The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight
, prejudiced, exploited
and under-educated numb skulls . This meme was perfectly captured in this Bill Maher-commissioned video
from Alexandra Pelosi, the New York-based daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Given the level of imbecility, maybe we’d be better off if the former Confederate states exiled themselves into their own redneck empire. Travel writer Chuck Thompson
recently suggested this approach in a new book
. Right now, however, Northerners can content themselves with the largely total isolation of Southerners
from the corridors of executive power.
Yet even as the old Confederacy’s political banner fades, its long-term economic prospects shine bright. This…