Posts Tagged ‘Joel Kotkin’

California feudin’

October 14, 2013

Remind me what political ideology has been in charge of state policies in California for the past couple of decades?

The feudal arrangement did require the lords of the manor to provide for and protect their serfs, which seems to be the vision of the modern big-government supporter. Perhaps I’m too cynical, but I doubt the modern feudal lords are likely to fulfill their side of the arrangement.

Category breakdown

October 12, 2013

A potentially useful discussion of the divide between the citizenry and the government, but I found this description of Millenials’ attitudes unclear because of the category titles chosen:

As generational chroniclers Mike Hais and Morley Winograd point out, millennials – those born from 1983-2003 – tend to be liberal, but not strongly supportive of top-down, administrative solutions. “Millennials,” Winograd notes, “believe in solving national issues at the local, community level. They are as suspicious of large government bureaucracies as any libertarian but as dedicated to economic equality and social justice as any liberal.”

Perhaps “economic equality” and “social justice” have specific meanings when used by liberals, but their commitment to large government bureaucracies has brought about the exact dynamic the rest of the essay notes, the extreme economic divide between the politically connected and the rest of the country, as well as the notable social injustice of unequal treatment under the law, again, between those politically connected and those who are not.

Until liberals of any generation understand that economic equality and social justice are incompatible with large government bureaucracies, the current trajectory of separation between Washington, D. C., and the rest of the country will only continue.