Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Opinion | Can Liberals Survive Progressivism? - The New York Times

In the meantime, shoplifting has become endemic, brazen and increasingly well organized, culminating in mobs of looters ransacking stores and terrifying customers in the Bay Area last week. Local shops are closing, neighborhoods are decaying, encampments of drug addicts have proliferated, and streets are befouled by human excrement — a set of failures Michael Shellenberger calls in his thoroughly researched and convincing new book, “San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities,” “the breakdown of civilization on America’s West Coast.”

As for the rest of the country: Can anyone seriously say that Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia or New York has been improved in recent years under progressive leadership? Why did rates of homelessness register their biggest jumps between 2007 and 2020 in left-leaning states like New York, California and Massachusetts — and their biggest decreases in right-leaning ones like Florida, Texas and Georgia?


The only thing remarkable about this column is that it appears in the NYT. Maybe its readers are beginning to see the big elephant in the room.

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Maybe the NYT thinks it should carry a few facts at a time of year (e.g. thanksgiving) that means that nobody will notice.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 24, 2021 2:58:02 PM

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