Well, yes, good point Ezra

California, as the biggest state in the nation, and one where Democrats hold total control of the government, carries a special burden. If progressivism cannot work here, why should the country believe it can work anywhere else?

Maybe it doesn’t?

15 thoughts on “Well, yes, good point Ezra”

  1. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    Well, yes, good point Ezra

    Rest assured he will not follow it through to its logical conclusion.

    Klein’s a whore, nothing more.

  2. It does tho.

    California has a thin white crust of sociopathic elites lording it over teeming hordes of brown servants while erecting ever more fanciful monuments to their own virtue as they race towards bankruptcy.

    How is this not “working”?

  3. As a long time Californian, and as a fairly conservative guy in a locale where we’re pretty rare, I think you have to be careful in your assessment of progressivism. The actions they take, such as limiting housing construction, driving out blue collar industries, etc., have actually worked out pretty well for those who’ve owned property for a long time or worked in an industry that didn’t require kicking up a little dust.

    If you pull the ladder up behind you those who are already up the ladder will do better. This applies even if you are already up the ladder but don’t think it should be pulled up for others. Progressism most certainly hurts the young and especially minorities whom they purport to help (causing one to wonder just how dumb young progressives are), but older progressives (or even old curmudgeons like me) have largely made out like bandits due to their policies.

  4. What’s always massively pissed me off is his belief in finely detailed technocratic solutions. Failing to recognise that fine detail never does survive either politics or meeting the population. Dunno, maybe age and experience will change that….

  5. Dennis, He Who Refuses To Be A Whiny Bitch

    What’s always massively pissed me off is his belief in finely detailed technocratic solutions. Failing to recognise that fine detail never does survive either politics or meeting the population. Dunno, maybe age and experience will change that….

    Did Lester Thruow – the technocrat’s technocrat – ever realize it?

    Technocrats do not rely on (or value) empirical evidence: Being a technocrat is an act of faith.

  6. If I were Ezra Klein, then I think that I would adopt the spin of maintaining that California is so wonderfully dynamic a place that it can fully develop, and draw on, the potential of all its talented citizens with the result that only complete headbangers are left to staff its government.

  7. BlokeInFreezingTejas

    ..he does appear to have a rather large blind spot, doesn’t he?

    “bright spots” of progressivism indeed!

  8. California is headed for disaster. The saving grace for it is that a Bidarris administration will continue to prop it up. The large cities are becoming third world. Tax revenues are falling as the middle class flees. More money is being spent on illegal aliens and government payrolls and less on critical infrastructure. Vanity projects like the Brown Streak (high speed rail), will leave a Stonehenge like Ozymandias monument to the madness. Look on my works ye mighty and snigger.

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