Maybe we are beyond WEIRD
I've complimented your insightfulness and your ability to express your thoughts so succinctly many times before, so I'll just say: damn, that's good!
Here's a fix: "States Rights" versus "Natural Rights". States Rights justified slavery and still justify too many ugly things. What to do? Abolish states rights! Enact (here's the problem) per capita funding for each school student in the land. Result: No more "best school system" for my kids. Property taxes become more level. Teachers gravitate where they feel most comfortable. As for States Rights: "off with their heads"!
Well said and thoughtful.