by Gerard Baker
This article first appeared in The Times UK
With blackouts, crippling taxation and unaffordable housing, the Golden State is a feudal society of super-rich and serfs.
Fifty years ago, in her song California, Joni Mitchell captured the universal appeal of the eponymous state, a land of endless sunshine and golden opportunity. Contrasting her adopted home with the sheer greyness of life elsewhere, she wrote: “My heart cried out for you, California/ Oh California, I’m coming home”.
Coming home to California is not what people are crying out for these days. Read more