“Blue” states tend to be in much worse financial straits than “red” ones. Centrally-planned economies tend to be less productive than free-market ones.
No. We have lots and lots and lots of data to support those statements. Enough that using the phrase “tend to be” is an understatement.
I just did a Dogpile search of the phrase “depth of data”, then “data depth”, getting far fewer returns than expected. Which is amusingly ironic. Plus, the descriptions were for specialized fields. I wanted to link to the general concept.
You can’t throw even heavily-loaded dice once and know they’re a cheat. But you can’t throw them a hundred times and not know they’re loaded. And if you throw dice a million times, even faint biases are detectable.
We have data on nations and economies throughout history. We know that free economies are better than command economies. And yet we still let wannabe rulers make stupid excuses for seizing control of our lives. Why?
The depth of data on that phenomenon is why I chose this blog’s name. Social pressures trump rational arguments for almost everyone in almost everything. It’s why I had no hope, after Obama’s election, that America’s decline could be reversed. But he hastened that decline so much that millions noticed at the same time. Instant Tea Parties. This “W.O.R.M.” freely acknowledges being caught by surprise. And feeling a bit of hope.
Depth of data lets me know precisely what this conflict hinges on. It’s the social war. This isn’t a battle of reason. There is no rational war. The Tea Partiers are right and the Establishment is wrong.
Everyone knows it.
It’s why the left vomits insults and lies and hatred upon peaceful and patriotic Americans. That’s all it has. Social pressure. “Do what I want or I’ll call you names.” The Establishment is a ten-year old drama queen.
Its terror is that Tea Parties are socially self-sufficient. What does the spoiled little queen bee do when other kids don’t care what she says? She sulks and runs away.
If the Tea Parties are socially viable, government will be turned around. Because the left has no rational basis. It can only get more frantic, more desperate, more hateful. And even glittering, beautiful celebrites lose luster when screaming spittle-flecked obscenities in someone’s face.
If the Tea Parties are self-sufficient, they’ll eventually become more attractive than the frothing Establishment. That’s when they win.