The good guys from the Rebel Yell podcast had me on for a chat about a variety of things. You can listen to it here. We talk about a variety of things but with a special focus on the South. The demographic situation is rough for the South but they are one of the few regions if the only region that has a strong identity. I cite how heroin has been nowhere near as successful in infiltrating the South compared to other regions. I compare the South to other areas, and there are reasons for that resistance.
One thing that is true about the South and I recall hearing it elsewhere is that the South both has experienced amazing wins (as part of America) and crushing defeats (Civil War). It is a whole identity with both halves of the human experience. America in general is one narrative of victory after the other so this decline is crushing to the American psyche. A true military defeat would cause it go face reality. The South has dealt with this already.
I am thankful for the opportunity to chat with the men at Rebel Yell.