Shannon Love over at Chicago Boyz:

California has followed the grim path of the Great Lakes states.


As I wrote before, those states where once the industrial dynamo for the entire Earth, yet they destroyed that enormous economic dominance by political policies hostile to economic creativity. Likewise, California had a golden era as an economic and cultural dynamo. Well up until the late 1980s California was the place to go to make it big. People moved from other states to California. Now, internal migration has reversed. California looks less like a dreamland and more like basket case waiting to happen.

It seems that in post-New Deal America, economic and civil success sow their own seeds of destruction. When things are going good, socialist experimentation seems harmless. A booming economy can pay for increased government spending and an ever-increasing scope of government power. Eventually, however, socialism strangles the economic engine and destroys civil society. 

New Flame(grim nod) It’s not just California, but New York, and Massachusetts, and a host of others, all to the exact degree of their dependence on the liberal vision of government being our great salvation. 

As I told somone else today, I’ve been considering moving out of New York. Trouble is, all it takes is a leak in one or two parts of the boat for the whole thing to sink.  At that point, what good is moving away from the leak?