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California’s New Feudalism
Benefits a Few at the
Expense of the Multitude

Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/6/2013 6:28:08 PM

California has been the source of much innovation, from agribusiness and oil to fashion and the digital world. Historically much richer than the rest of the country, it was also the birthplace, along with Levittown, of the mass-produced suburb, freeways, much of our modern entrepreneurial culture, and of course mass entertainment. For most of a century, for both better and worse, California has defined progress, not only for America but for the world. As late as the 80s, California was democratic in a fundamental sense, a place for outsiders and, increasingly, immigrants—roughly 60 percent of the population was considered middle

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/6/2013 6:45:23 PM     (No. 9553270)

Well, this is pretty off-target. Look at the comments, everyone on the Daily Beast think Kotkin is confused because he´s right wing. As if. But he´s still off-target.

Frankly a good solid Marxist analysis is probably better, it´s not feudal because it´s already too narrow to be called oligarchical. The negativity is almost entirely due to the flood of illegals and the "tolerance" for them. And the hollowing out of the state by the state worker unions´ retirement funds. The flood of illegals impoverish the existing middle class, regardless of race.

What Kotkin means is that the benefits are going to a very, very small number. Even his perception of a well-paid technocrat middle class is wrong, that middle-class is paid far less today than thirty years ago. It´s only well-paid compared to illegal alien fruit pickers and non-union construction workers paid minimum wage under the table.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 10/6/2013 7:09:38 PM     (No. 9553299)

If you have the strength to read through this agonizingly long, raving, Kotkin-Pickin´ Manifesto, you´re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/6/2013 7:18:29 PM     (No. 9553311)

Victor Davis Hanson has written extensively about the decline of the State. The Central Valley, once one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, is in a condition of desuetude, the water supply having been cut off due to environmental wacko baloney. 30,000+/- jobs were lost... beginning 2009.

California used to be known as The Golden State. I call it The Fool´s Gold State. both sad and tragic.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: clw54, 10/6/2013 7:22:48 PM     (No. 9553315)

I´m a member of the yeomanry. It´s not much fun.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 10/6/2013 7:24:02 PM     (No. 9553319)

I did read just about all of this very lengthy, detailed, stat-heavy piece.

Kotkin does say that the middle class jobs are disappearing, and that you have
the coastal elites, mainly whites and Asians, many of them very well paid,
and then you have heavily Latino and other immigrants in the interior, poorly paid
and unable to own land.

That is the neo-feudalism. The gap in incomes is huge, and getting worse.
Many second generation immigrants are worse off economically than their parents,
and their lifespans are shorter, too.

The entire theme of the article is the disappearance of a broad middle class,
based on manufacturing and aerospace and defense related jobs, who owned their
own single-family homes, which was the case in the ´50´s and 60´s, but not any more.

What´s even worse is that this is promoted by nutty environmentalism and other
leftist concepts, by union controlled state jobs and budgets, and that the
tech oligarchs back this structure with their support for it, along with Hollywood types who are also unrealistic.

Bottom line... it´s coming to the rest of America possibly... although CA has
most of the welfare addicts in it.

Maybe Jerry Brown will become the next el presidente... of Mexico.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/6/2013 7:25:12 PM     (No. 9553321)

It boils down to this. CA liberal progressive policies are not working. All the statistics point in that direction. And with uncle moonbeam in as the head honcho things will not be getting better anytime soon. Remember, eventually you run out of other people´s money.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zzzghy, 10/6/2013 7:40:56 PM     (No. 9553335)

Oh, man; here it comes. Another blast of anti-Kalifornia baloney by the same wad of posters who likely never bother to read the article (way too long for most people).

Yeah, we´re feudal out here. We´re the new serfs, too. We´re oligarchs, and we´re awash in a sea of clerisy as well.

And the yeomanry! Oh my God, the yeomanry here in Kalifornia is terrible! It´s the worst yeomanry I´ve ever seen.

Don´t come here. Turn back, turn back! Hate us, and flee! Flee!

You would likely hate us anyway. The surfing is terrible. Skiing? Forget it.

Mountain and desert hiking and biking? The worst.

And forget about the fact that all the WalMart crap you depend upon comes to you courtesy of guess where.

California is a horrible, terrible place.

We´re hell. Stay away, please. Go to Disneyworld in Florida. There´s your heaven, right there.







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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 10/6/2013 7:52:58 PM     (No. 9553344)

I think it means that if you are the child of a gated-community-living coastal liberal - you will end up as a gated-community-living coastal liberal. You will have had to have inherited enough money to really bring that off though.

If you are a inland-living, barrio-inhabiting, food-stamp-collecting Mexican-Californian your children will end up pretty much doing the same thing.

There will of course be a certain amount of social non rigidity (just as there probably was in the true Middle Ages). Really pretty girls can usually marry up. So can male athletes.

The white/Asian middle class may stick around but only if they have access to high quality schools and healthcare (not Obamacare). If ´public´ means overcrowded ERS and Spanish-dominated and dumbed-down schools then the middle class white folks are moving to Idaho - or eventually even to Australia. And if the middle class goes, the menial cleaning jobs go with them - and the Mexican Californians are screwed (not enough Liberals needing servants) unless the M-Cs can live off newly-created public-sector jobs.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: zzzghy, 10/6/2013 8:19:52 PM     (No. 9553369)

Lame.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 10/6/2013 8:22:19 PM     (No. 9553372)

The city of Bell is a microcosm of where the entire state is headed. Full of non-assimilating immigrants, many of whom are illegal, the political advantage went to the sleaze and liars who swindled the taxpayers - the majority of whom didn´t understand or care about politics - out of hundreds of millions over the years. On a state level, the limousine left - who have theirs regardless of the outcome - pump money into the liberal machine which keeps on sticking it to the little guy. Meanwhile, the illegals continue to pour across the border to get their in-state tuition and CA drivers licenses. There´s only one way this can end.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 10/6/2013 8:56:19 PM     (No. 9553401)

Kotkin lays out the facts, but they´re only worth what one´s political blinkers will allow.

It does not escape me that the tech sector generates incredible wealth for a generally young population within the state, but because one is enormously wealthy doesn´t mean that one is also wise. And the politics of the tech sector remind me of youth with inherited money; self-destruction borne of foolishness is easily found.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Muggins, 10/7/2013 3:35:19 AM     (No. 9553664)

A local union "higher-up" told me (off the record, of course), that California taxed manufacturing out of the state.

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