By Roger L. Simon for the Epoch Instances
I don’t agree with the whole lot the journalist H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) stated or did, however he actually was a fount of good quotes.
One I notably like is “The urge to avoid wasting humanity is sort of all the time a false entrance for the urge to rule.”
One other, that I’ve referred to earlier than, is “When any person says it’s not concerning the cash, it’s concerning the cash.”
Put these two collectively and you’ve got the essence of what we would name “California Leftism.” It’s truly the essence of leftism all over the place, nevertheless it appears to have reached the apotheosis of hypocrisy in our Golden State, though Washington state and Oregon are giving it a run for its, nicely, cash.
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Not even Lenin or Mao might have dreamed about having the staggering wealth and world energy accrued by Mark Zuckerberg or the boys at Alphabet and even the considerably much less scandalous degree swept up by the Pelosi–Newsom clan. The latter had been in a position to escape any severe opprobrium for going maskless at the costliest eating places in America, whereas the peasantry had ineffective napkins plastered on their faces for the higher a part of two years, making their youngsters invisible to one another and typically even to their dad and mom.
After which, in fact, there’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein—she of the Chinese language spy driver for many years. One has to marvel how she might have been so clueless when she and her lately deceased husband (February) had shut ties to China, together with intimate dinners with Chinese language Communist Get together Common Secretary Xi Jinping in (the place else?) The Forbidden Metropolis.
Dialogue of the ensuing enrichment of the Feinstein clan by way of the husband’s profitable offers with the world’s most populous totalitarianism are are barely touched upon in California media.
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Left-wing Hollywood, regardless of all its tedious “woke” pronouncements, would be the largest profiteer of all California industries from communist China. The hypocrisy of this alliance is mind-blowing. Domestically, Disney has gone so all in for LGBTQIAPK, they could as nicely substitute RuPaul for Snow White and all seven dwarfs directly.
However you wouldn’t understand it at their Chinese language amusement parks, the place they simply might have put in an indication on the gates of Disney Shanghai—“Abandon ‘Woke’ All Ye Who Enter Right here.”
As Mencken stated, “It’s concerning the cash.”
However “California Leftism—why not go complete hog and name it by what it truly is, “California Communism”—goes additional than that. It has contaminated the mind of virtually everybody within the state besides that ruling class, a decidedly small group of plutocrats in a nation-state of practically 40 million.
Everybody I do know who stays in California that I’ve spoken with, proper or left, seems to be depressed on some degree, even when they don’t admit it, particularly in the event that they don’t admit it.
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Possibly that’s simply my view. Possibly I’m prejudiced as a result of I left 4 years in the past, however I don’t assume so. They’re both telling themselves that issues will get higher, questioning if they need to go away or blaming themselves for not. Others are, in fact, trapped by circumstances past their management. At the very least they assume they’re.
The wealthy of the Bay Space now not reside in San Francisco however disguise out in second houses (now changing into first houses) in Napa and Sonoma, hoping that sometime the worst shall be over. The film group all the time had Malibu. Not too many homeless there. Defecating on the Pacific Coast Freeway can be too harmful.
Sure, there are some inklings of change. Chesa Boudin was ousted as district lawyer in San Francisco. “Prime Gun: Maverick” is a field workplace smash, lending credence to the notion that the viewers (bear in mind them?) truly likes patriotic films.
However if you happen to learn the current article by Michael Shellenberger—“Californians are beginning to reject progressive insurance policies—however not quick sufficient”—you discover there’s not that a lot trigger for optimism, regardless of repeated makes an attempt by Shellenberger, a conservative media favourite though a Democrat, to make even comparatively small change or discover some compromise.
He has been rejected badly in all his tries for the governorship, surprisingly badly truly.
Overlook compromise. Progressive politics are a behavior for a lot of Californians harder to interrupt than smoking and much more harmful, if that’s potential.
When did this behavior start in what was as soon as Reagan nation? What turned the world’s most beautiful actual property with the most effective climate on the planet right into a hellhole?
Who’s accountable for this?
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Nicely, not me totally. Me and my cohort. I used to be a part of that technology that got here to California within the Sixties and ’70s as a result of we thought it was the land of the longer term, the place we might reside out our hopes and desires. We fought “the person.” We reveled in intercourse, medication, and rock and roll. We thought we had been cool. There have been no strictures. We adopted Timothy Leary’s admonition to “Activate, tune in, drop out.”
Or we pretended to, which was extra typically the case. It was all principally a sport, primarily based on a supposed hipness that was truly not more than generational conformity.
And someplace alongside the best way, we forgot the Ten Commandments.
In the meantime, we additionally had youngsters.
They imitated us and added on, with the outcomes everyone knows now.
Generally, once I bear in mind California when it was nice, I’ve nostalgia for smog.
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