California’s reliance on the economically elite 1% who account for half the state’s income tax — could prove troubling once the current stock market boom ends. Yet, that inconvenient truth hasn’t stopped the Governor from proposing a record-high budget for 2022-23.
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Everyone seems to be California dreaming these days. Much of America, particularly its red parts, see California as a hopeless dystopia best understood as everything the nation should avoid.
The pandemic revealed how much those of us in the laptop class depend on the efforts of low-paid service economy workers, potentially feeding a new era of class conflict, with the “Great Resignation” being just the beginning.
We bemoan autocracies in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and China but largely ignore more subtle authoritarian trends in the West. We may remain nominally democratic, but be ruled by a technocratic class empowered by greater powers of surveillance than those enjoyed by even the nosiest of dictatorships.
The institutional triumph of progressives will not produce an enduring political victory, let alone substantially change public opinion. Instead, the erosion of trust in our public institutions threatens to end progressive America.
Is California a crumbling dystopia, or a model for the future? In reality, a few large companies, with an elite workforce, benefit – and a large service class is increasingly dependent on wealth redistribution.
The Left discovers it doesn’t own minority voters as they shift to centrist politics: the growing disconnect between minorities and the Left reflects how tone deaf progressives are to the diverse views and interests of racial minorities.
There is a hypocrisy at the heart of the West’s attitude to China: although we’re constantly warned about the threat from Beijing, our political and corporate elites seem intent on making this century a Chinese one.
A new dark ages approaches as literacy declines, rather than building a vital world with unprecedented availability of technology and information.
Despite a digital revolution that was supposed to empower individuals everywhere, and the construction of a vigorous anti-discrimination apparatus that putatively ensures equal rights and status—a rigid neo-feudal future has come into view.
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