Rolling over the Valley is how California rolls

“Professing that you are progressive can be wise California politics. It means you sound too caring ever to do bad things, while the costly consequences of your ideology usually fall on someone else. And that someone is usually less hip, less wealthy and less powerful.”

—Victor Davis Hanson of the the Hoover Institution and Stanford University.

Example: “California’s reserves of natural gas exceed those of nearly every other state. And in California, electricity prices are the highest in the nation. The cost falls on those in the interior and Sierra who suffer either from scorching summertime temperatures or bitterly cold winters. Those who set energy policies mostly live in the balmy coastal corridor where there is no need for expensive air conditioning or constant home heating.”

This is an amazing insight: in California the veil of progressivism conceals antipathy towards the poor. I have tried to expose some contours of this over the years as it plays out as indifference and even repugnance towards the Central Valley. But Hanson goes further, saying deep hypocrisy here is cultural. Progressivism is nothing without social equity. Nothing.
 

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