I saw your statement, “ Republican policies do not cause states to have poor, sparse, non-urbanized, or non-industrial societies. If anything, the reverse is true. These underdeveloped corners of the world tend to have more conservative values, so it is hardly a surprise that Republicans do well electorally in these states.”
And, well, I wrote much the same thing in my article three days ago: “Conservative governance doesn’t cause red states’ worse standards of living, but almost exactly the reverse: worse standards of living in rural areas do generally result in the election of conservative political candidates.”
Good to see I’m not the only one who sees it!