snoqueen wrote:...I am going to be very interested to see how these ultra conservative states handle the tornado relief issue. Watching Texas decide their industrial safety programs were just fine after the fertilizer plant blew up was pretty enlightening. Nobody down there seems to think there was any problem at all. I'd describe it as some kind of passivity or fatalism: "Shit happens and we clean up afterward but don't make any effort to head off the next predictable shitstorm."
Yup. This lack of long-term foresight is practically a definition of the human condition, and it served us well before we developed huge industrial facilities, and global disturbing activities. Still, conservatives seem to be more myopic than the general population. Some conservatives, of course, get paid well to be myopic.
My experience in the West was similar. It's as if having a lot of wide open space allows fatalism to expand to fit the landscape.