What Will Wilkinson calls the “United Nations fallacy” sometimes distracts us from the variation within nations. One of the largest nations is India, and you may be surprised to know that one of its states has often been ruled by democratically elected Communists. That state is Kerala, which as Steve Sailer notes has all the characteristics which appeal to modern liberals, though the lack of money certainly doesn’t seem to appeal to Keralans themselves, who migrate outward to other states. Even second-class status as guest-workers in the Persian Gulf is better, and the state is to a substantially supported by remittances from that reason. As I have mentioned before, I am familiar with evidence that communism is associated with more healthcare and education, but I believe that is trounced by the “foot vote”. The people themselves don’t appreciate such gifts of communism, and would rather live under even corrupt, backward crony-capitalism.

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