Originally Posted by look
I think misogynist hip hop music, drugs, gangsta cool all sell in the wider USA, as long as you don't have to actually live there.
To this I will add the psych 101 concept of learned helplessness. Children raised by despondent or angry parents will lack the role models that lead to becoming forward-looking, positive adults.
This is a good point that we often forget. Looking at the census data, we can get a really mechanistic sense of how demography is linked to things Wax mentions, i.e. out of wedlock birth, high incarceration rates etc., but it's easy to forget that cultural norms make up the underlying architecture of economic activity.