An excellent example is the new national healthcare law. Southern middle class and poor will get a huge insurance cost subsidy from the rest of the country, but still they resist any change initiated by a central government. However, I expect once the new law is fully implemented, it will become as valued as Social Security and Medicare are today.
The differences in societal progress can also be seen in Eastern Europe, which also was never occupied by the Romans. Russia did not experience the Renaissance, Reformation and the Industrial Revolution for hundreds of years after the west. Even today, Russia lags behind the West in representative government and social mobility.
It seems incredible that one nation could change the history of Europe and America for two thousand years, but it is undeniable.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford