This morning, in a piece about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, I wrote that “Liberalism/leftism is a mental disease that robs people of the ability to connect their own voting actions to the societal pathologies that plague their lives.”
Today’s Required Reading returns to New York, where liberal New York Times writer Ezra Klein literally personifies that dictum in an op/ed published on Thursday. In the piece titled “California Is Making Liberals Squirm,” Klein, a California native who has now returned to his home state, writes about the idiotic Democrat policy choices over the past 40 years that have transformed the Golden State into an aspiring 3rd-world country, lamenting their abject failure to deliver the promises made by the cynical politicians who produced them.
Then, to prove the accuracy of the “liberalism is a mental disease” thesis once and for all, he concludes his piece by advocating that California Democrats double down on the same failed policies. The utter lack of any ability whatsoever to reason logically present in the piece is truly stunning.
Trudging through this ~1500 word piece of sophistry and painful illogic is difficult, but those who wish to truly understand how the liberal mind works – or doesn’t work, actually – should invest the 10-12 minutes to do it. It might make you want to slit your wrists afterwards at the thought that Klein is actually far from the dumbest leftist employed by the New York Times, but you’ll be better educated for having done so.
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
You may have heard that San Francisco’s Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to rename 44 schools, stripping ancient racists of their laurels, but also Abraham Lincoln and Senator Dianne Feinstein. The history upon which these decisions were made was dodgy, and the results occasionally bizarre. Paul Revere, for instance, was canceled for participating in a raid on Indigenous Americans that was actually a raid on a British fort.
In normal times, bemusement would be the right response to a story like this. Cities should have idiosyncratic, out-there politics. You need to earn your “Keep X weird” bumper stickers. And for all the Fox News hosts who’ve collapsed onto their fainting couches, America isn’t suffering from a national shortage of schools named for Abraham Lincoln.
But San Francisco’s public schools remain closed, no matter the name on the front. “What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. I do not want to dismiss the fears of teachers (or parents), many living in crowded homes, who fear returning to classrooms during a pandemic. But the strongest evidence we have suggests school openings do not pose major risks when proper precautions are followed, and their continued closure does terrible harm to students, with the worst consequences falling on the neediest children. And that’s where this goes from wacky local news story to a reflection of a deeper problem.
The median price for a home in California is more than $700,000. As Bloomberg reported in 2019, the state has four of the nation’s five most expensive housing markets and a quarter of the nation’s homeless residents. The root of the crisis is simple: It’s very, very hard to build homes in California. When he ran for governor in 2018, Gavin Newsom promised the construction of 3.5 million housing units by 2025. Newsom won, but California has built fewer than 100,000 homes each year since. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti persuaded Angelenos to pass a new sales tax to address the city’s homelessness crisis, but the program has fallen far behind schedule, in part because homeowners fought the placing of shelters in their communities.
There is a danger — not just in California, but everywhere — that politics becomes an aesthetic rather than a program. It’s a danger on the right, where Donald Trump modeled a presidency that cared more about retweets than bills. But it’s also a danger on the left, where the symbols of progressivism are often preferred to the sacrifices and risks those ideals demand. 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?
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever before. Whatfinger.com is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge. It’s the tool I use to help keep up with all the day’s events, and it should be your tool, too.