“The return of the peasant mentality”

Economist Dietrich Vollrath has a fascinating piece, building on the productivity gap between rural and urban populations:

So urban places and/or non-agricultural work looks far more productive than rural / agricultural work because the people doing the urban/non-agricultural work appear to have more human capital, both inherent (Raven’s) and acquired (school). And by explaining the gap between these areas this way, it leads back to an concept that was often invoked in the early 20th century to explain the raw productivity gap: the peasant mentality.

The implications for an America sundered between Red and Blue are… worrisome…