Josh Marshall posted a reader letter about rural youth on Thanksgiving. You can read it here. The gist of it is that rural kids with biblical names are being radicalized by slick YouTube conspiracy videos.
As someone formerly rural and formerly youthful, who still has family in rural areas, my only comment on this is that there’s a great deal of self-selection in the kids who remain rural after they’re young. My siblings mostly moved to blue dots, and a lot of their kids will probably move to even bluer dots (or newly blue states, like Colorado). A large number of my high school classmates moved to the nearest big city in a blue state (in our case, Minneapolis/St Paul), and they come back to see the parents as long as the parents are alive.
This is not to say that radicalized rural kids aren’t a problem – but the problem is bigger than that. The Senate and the Electoral College over-represent states that intelligent progressive kids want to leave. Maybe, as Deb and James Fallows have reported, some of these kids will stay and enlarge blue dots in otherwise conservative states. But why bother when you can just move a few hundred miles away and not have to deal with the narrow minds and poverty of spirit that infects rural America?
On that happy note, have an open thread.