Hey Cali: how’s that unbridled Progressivism working out for ya?

April 11th, 2011

VDH runs it down:

We calibrate California’s decline by its myriad of paradoxes. The nation’s highest bundle of gas, sales, and income taxes cannot close the nation’s largest annual deficit at $25 billion. Test scores are at the country’s near bottom; teachers’ salaries at the very top. Scores of the affluent are leaving each week; scores of the indigent are arriving. The nation’s most richly endowed state is also the most regulated; the most liberal of our residents are also the most ready to practice apartheid in their Bel Air or Palo Alto enclaves.

We now see highway patrolmen and city police, in the manner of South American law enforcement, out in force. Everywhere they are monitoring, watching, ticketing — no warnings, no margins of error — desperate to earn traffic fines that might feed the state that feeds them. I could go on. But you get the picture that we are living on the fumes of a rich state that our forefathers brilliantly exploited, and now there is not much energy left in the fading exhaust to keep us going.

I see California in terms now of the razor’s edge with disaster not far in either direction.

So, to answer my own title question: exactly as anybody but a Progressivist would expect; exactly as it always has, always will, and must.

I’m in the middle of reading Pournelle, Niven, and Flynn’s Fallen Angels (thank heaven for free e-books!), which…well, I’ll let the Wikipedia entry clue you in:

The novel takes aim at several targets of ridicule: Senator William Proxmire, radical environmentalists and mystics, such as one character who believes that one cannot freeze to death in the snow because ice is a crystal and “crystals are healing.” It also mocks ignorance in journalism, which greatly helps the main characters (for example, one “expert” cited in a news article believes that the astronauts must have superhuman strength, based on a photograph of a weightless astronaut easily handling heavy construction equipment) and the non-reality based community in general.

It paints a pretty good picture, with humor and irony, of the future Progressivists have in store for us: a future of scarcity, deprivation, want, and tyranny. It provides a pretty good coda to Hanson’s writing on the unfolding catastrophe in California.

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