Kotkin: So, California is looking kind of feudal these days, huh?

posted at 5:01 pm on October 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

One of the great banes of egalitarian society to which progressive populists unfailingly point is the horrendous and lamentable specter of income inequality — except that their explanations of the phenomenon as evidence of the pernicious and ill-begotten rich growing richer at the expense of the middle class do not quite present an accurate diagnosis of the problem. The current economic and employment plight of “the middle class” is a go-to of President Obama’s in speech after speech after speech, and yet measures of income inequality have only grown increasingly worse during the five years of his tenure.

Perhaps, to more thoroughly explain the situation, we can look at a slightly more contained example of liberal policies working in precisely the way they are intended in one of our fifty laboratories of democracy, without all of that pesky and spiteful Republican “obstruction” standing in the way. I’m referring, of course, to that sunny bastion of liberalism, California, and it just so happens that Joel Kotkin has an in-depth piece about the economic conditions in California over at the Daily Beast… detailing its growing rates of poverty, inequality, downward mobility, and elite-driven economy that, he argues, are bringing it dangerously close to model of medievalism:

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 class. Now, instead of a land of opportunity, California has become increasingly feudal. According to recent census estimates,  the state suffers some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. By some estimates, the state’s level of inequality compares with that of such global models as  the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.

At the same time, the Golden State now suffers the highest level of poverty in the country—23.5 percent compared to 16 percent nationally—worse than long-term hard luck cases like Mississippi. It is also now home to roughly one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients, almost three times its proportion of the nation’s population.

Like medieval serfs, increasing numbers of Californians are downwardly mobile, and doing worse than their parents: native born Latinos actually have shorter lifespans than their parents, according to one recent report. Nor are things expected to get better any time soon. According to a recent Hoover Institution survey, most Californians expect their incomes to stagnate in the coming six months, a sense widely shared among the young, whites, Latinos, females, and the less educated.

And sure, California can boast of plenty of wealth within its borders — especially if you happen to have a job in Hollywood or Silicon Valley.

The state’s digital oligarchy, surely without intention, is increasingly driving the state’s lurch towards feudalism. Silicon Valley’s wealth reflects the fortunes of a handful of companies that dominate an information economy that itself is increasingly oligopolistic.  In contrast to the traditionally conservative or libertarian ethos of the entrepreneurial class, the oligarchy is increasingly allied with the nominally populist Democratic Party and its regulatory agenda. Along with the public sector, Hollywood, and their media claque, they present California as “the spiritual inspiration” for modern “progressives” across the country.

Through their embrace of and financial support for the state’s regulatory regime, the oligarchs have made job creation in non tech-businesses—manufacturing, energy, agriculture—increasingly difficult through “green energy” initiatives that are also sure to boost already high utility costs. One critic, state Democratic Senator Roderick Wright from heavily minority Inglewood, compares the state’s regulatory regime to the “vig” or high interest charged by the Mafia, calling it a major reason for disinvestment in many industries.

Read on for a lot of dismaying (and yet not very surprising) information, including Kotkin’s illustrative definitions of California’s new socioeconomic classes: The Oligarchs, the Clerisy, the New Serfs, and the Yeomanry. It ain’t pretty, and with California’s current Democratic supermajority ruling the roost, I can’t say I’m hoping for Californians’ prospects to improve any time soon.


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And to think progressives admire Cuba.

rob verdi on October 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

They’ll be voting for minimium state funded income soon, just like the Swiss. You know, to fight the “popular”-ist income gap…

ladyingray on October 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

20 years from now in 2033 people will be wishing the whole country was only as bad as California was back in 2013.

bgibbs1000 on October 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

… but they won’t take from the rich to give to the poor. They’ll take from the working class just to make them poor, too.

either orr on October 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Jerry Brown says: ‘You mean the 49′er Gold Rush is over’?

DC on October 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I cannot wIt for an Escape from L.A. scenario….without the zealot president. Just the huge crack and California adrift.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Hey! Kalifornia is gonna have a “Bullet Train”.

To no where.

GarandFan on October 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Cali just needs to break off the US already.

watertown on October 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

“Ya get whatcha vote for.”

Speaking of “serfs”, I saw a piece on a surfer who does not work, gets paid monthly unemployment by the state (using the $$ of people who actually work for a living), uses pot, surfs all day, and parties … well, you get the idea. He has NO intention to ever get a job. I wonder why.

2 Thess. 3:10 For even when we were with you,we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Note: unwilling, not unable – BIG difference.

IrishEyes on October 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Just like liberals want it.

jarodea on October 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Well of course. Marxism is simply industrial age feudalism. Any variation of that ideology is going to bring about a feudalistic society.

rbj on October 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Put a fence around it and party card anyone who tries to get out.

Dusty on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

It ain’t pretty, and with California’s current Democratic supermajority ruling the roost, I can’t say I’m hoping for Californians’ prospects to improve any time soon.

There’s also the assault on the professional class in the state.
You have better future career prospects as a janitor at the state capitol than you do as an architect or engineer.

The “green” regulations on businesses have reached the point of impossibility.

The early release of prisoners in the state is leading to a wave of crime on the citizens.

The federal investments in bullet trains and solar farms is a complete waste and will eventually turn out to be colossal failures, like Obamacare.

This place sucks.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

One problem is that this Democratic supermajority is increasingly moving to Texas. They’re really like a virus. Destroying everything in their path and moving on to the next target.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Just like liberals want it.

jarodea on October 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

But then, they eventually leave the toilet and infect Colorado/Texas.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

becoming Detroit.

dogsoldier on October 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

It ain’t pretty, and with California’s current Democratic supermajority ruling the roost, I can’t say I’m hoping for Californians’ prospects to improve any time soon.

Very highly unlikely to ever happen absent a total economic collapse and even then its a long shot.

The “Give me free stuff, guarantee me a state job at which I don’t really have to work and from which I can never be fired for any reason & Ill vote for you” bloc is too big and too greedy to ever change their voting habits.

Sacramento on October 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

IrishEyes on October 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

from what I hear that dude is running for Mayor of something now. Seriously.

ctmom on October 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

‘The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs.’

- Jerry Brown, 1995

Congratulations, Jerry.

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Thats the way Democrats like it: a poor and resentful population, that can easily be incited and a few hedonistic rich people, who have a vested interest in depravation through showbiz values and are willing to finance Democrats to keep the resulting proletariat in check.

The cream on top is that the Morlocks wont be able to afford real cars and the Eloi will buy Prius due to peer pressure.

Valkyriepundit on October 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

jerry brown and mark dayton-separated at birth…..

crosshugger on October 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I always thought I would retire to California.
Oh well.

vityas on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

But then, they eventually leave the toilet and infect Colorado/Texas.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

All I can say is your Republican leaders had better come up with a plan. The good news is, probably a lot of the migration out of California (the middle class), has already left.

Not much incentive for what’s left (the serfs and the ruling class) to leave now.

An interesting side note:
I guess someone thinks California is worth fighting for.

There is a town hall scheduled Sunday night in Ontario in the Inland Empire, one of the bastions of conservatism in the state.

The line up:
Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Ben Shapiro, Brian Whitman, Alicia Krauss and…..Texas governor Rick Perry.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

‘The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs.’

- Jerry Brown, 1995

Congratulations, Jerry.

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You made that up. He didn’t really say that did he?

bgibbs1000 on October 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

LOL at all the butt hurt liberals about that article

The Notorious G.O.P on October 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

But then, they eventually leave the toilet and infect Colorado/Texas.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

All I can say is your Republican leaders had better come up with a plan. The good news is, probably a lot of the migration out of California (the middle class), has already left.

Not much incentive for what’s left (the serfs and the ruling class) to leave now.

An interesting side note:
I guess someone thinks California is worth fighting for.

There is a town hall scheduled Sunday night in Ontario in the Inland Empire, one of the bastions of conservatism in the state.

The line up:
Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Ben Shapiro, Brian Whitman, Alicia Krauss and…..Texas governor Rick Perry.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Orange County. Don’t get the farm.
And, MY republican leaders? B!tch, please, they gave sent legislation to Harry Reid, several pieces and that doddering tool is afraid to allow the senate to vote. It’s on him.
If you’re a liberal, enjoy the lobotomy. If you’re a republican, you should know better.
The democrats fully own obamacare and it’s a huge failure.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

bgibbs see my last post. Hard to believe eh?

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You made that up. He didn’t really say that did he?

bgibbs1000 on October 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Who are you gonna believe – me or Moonbeam?

Or, as it is in this case, both?

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

At the same time, the Golden State now suffers the highest level of poverty in the country—23.5 percent compared to 16 percent nationally—worse than long-term hard luck cases like Mississippi. It is also now home to roughly one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients, almost three times its proportion of the nation’s population

…JugEars and his people…are trying to Califoria-ize America!

KOOLAID2 on October 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Not to panic, Cindy Sheehan is running against Moonbeam for Gov, and she’ll clean this mess all up.

/

Essential reading on this subject is the book “Mexifornia”, by historian (and also multi-generational California farmer) Victor Davis Hanson. Fascinating study.

Del Dolemonte on October 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Who are you gonna believe – me or Moonbeam?

Or, as it is in this case, both?

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Not doubting you just hard for me to grasp

bgibbs see my last post. Hard to believe eh?

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Thanks read the article.

I more and more keep wondering if I died long ago and went to hell where whacko liberalism rules.

bgibbs1000 on October 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The Republicans should run to the left of the California Coastal Aristocracy if it wants a shot at regime change in the state. They can start with a Hollywood Tax. :-)

Punchenko on October 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Not enough socialism is what they leftists will blame it on.

Bishop on October 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Not doubting you just hard for me to grasp

bgibbs1000 on October 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I was just kidding. :-)

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

But then, they eventually leave the toilet and infect Colorado/Texas.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

All I can say is your Republican leaders had better come up with a plan. The good news is, probably a lot of the migration out of California (the middle class), has already left.

In Colorado, the Republican “leaders” did have a plan. They became, functionally, Democrats and joined with them in warfare on anyone to the right of Trotsky.

Subotai Bahadur on October 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

One thing that may save Texas is the part-time legislature.

The full time California legislature churns out bils and regulations (90% of them waco) at an alarming rate.

Texans, resist any and all attempts to change from a part time legislature.
The less time politicians are doing legislation, the less damage they can do.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

C.f., Thomas Sowell.

ConservativeLA on October 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Alternative headline: Serf’s Up?

Scott P on October 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF VOTERS IN CALIFORNIA is a collection of slugs, slackers, deadbeats, liars, freeloaders, losers, taxpayer-leeches, cheats, ILLEGALS, potheads and Hollyweird degenerates, all stoned on “medical” pot. With this majority the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists in the CA legislature have had total freedom to morally, ethically, socially, politically AND fiscally bankrupt the state. (No rational, sane or sober electorate would have allowed this horrific destruction of the state to occur year-by-year over the course of multiple decades.) This situation won’t change anytime soon. The only hope for the rest of America is that some way is found to remove california from our constitutional democracy. Let’s all pray for “The Big One”.

TeaPartyNation on October 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

One thing that may save Texas is the part-time legislature.

The full time California legislature churns out bils and regulations (90% of them waco) at an alarming rate.

Texans, resist any and all attempts to change from a part time legislature.
The less time politicians are doing legislation, the less damage they can do.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

That’ll change once the communists have enough people hungry for goodies voting them into power. Then it will be politics everyday all day.

Punchenko on October 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Or: Resistance is Feudal?

Scott P on October 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The endgame is Detroit.

Murphy9 on October 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

They just need to raise taxes, increase regulations… But not until they pass a few more resolutions honoring the pedophile of the month.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Utopia.

mankai on October 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

This situation won’t change anytime soon. The only hope for the rest of America is that some way is found to remove california from our constitutional democracy. Let’s all pray for “The Big One”.

TeaPartyNation on October 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

No, the Californians fleeing will just vote themselves more communism in another healthy host state. The US is going to continue ratcheting leftward because people are permitted to vote themselves other people’s money.

Punchenko on October 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Up next: toilet paper shortage

mankai on October 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The endgame is Detroit.

Murphy9 on October 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yup. How many here are looking forward to living in the United States of Detroit? I’m not.

Punchenko on October 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM

especially if you happen to have a job in Hollywood

No way. If you have a job, a regular production job, you are probably working for minimum wage. You need thousands of hours to get in a union to make more. OTOH, if you are a producer or an actor with points (an ownership position) in a show, you are doing much, much better. So again, it’s the oligarchs versus the serfs.

PattyJ on October 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

One problem is that this Democratic supermajority is increasingly moving to Texas. They’re really like a virus. Destroying everything in their path and moving on to the next target.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

It’s not the rats who are moving to Texas. It’s us normal conservatives who just can’t take it any longer. I laugh a bit when I see a story like this and an so glad I took my business and upper income out of there.

NOMOBO on October 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Hey Texans, can we borrow Ted Cruz?

I have this fantasy:

If Ted Cruz crossed the state line into California, within 5 minutes, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Box-O-Rocks, Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Brown would all spontaneously combust.

One can dream, can’t one?

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I have two young daughters living with their mother in CA. I’m on the other coast. I know better politically, financially, and morally, but how can I abandon my two young daughters? Catch 22. Advice?

plaidsheetman on October 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

California needs to fail, and fail soon. Before the Obama bailout print-on-demand dollars get sucked up by other utopias Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, … etc.

Kenosha Kid on October 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Yet, many of the Silicon Valley companies are pushing for amnesty and more H1B visa (low-wage) workers, even if some like Hewlett-Packard have terminated tens of thousands in the past year.

bw222 on October 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

One problem is that this Democratic supermajority is increasingly moving to Texas. They’re really like a virus. Destroying everything in their path and moving on to the next target.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Sort of like Agent Smith said in the Matrix.

banzaibob on October 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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 class. Now, instead of a land of opportunity, California has become increasingly feudal. According to recent census estimates, the state suffers some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. By some estimates, the state’s level of inequality compares with that of such global models as the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.

I lived in California in the middle to late 1980s and then again in the early 2000s. The above comment is absolutely correct. Because of the level of illegals encouraged to migrate there. And a state that considers the illegals citizens.

Happy Nomad on October 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Yet another liberal third world toilet in the making.

Bailout request in 6, 5, 4, 3,….

locomotivebreath1901 on October 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

An interesting side note:
I guess someone thinks California is worth fighting for.

There is a town hall scheduled Sunday night in Ontario in the Inland Empire, one of the bastions of conservatism in the state.

The line up:
Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Ben Shapiro, Brian Whitman, Alicia Krauss and…..Texas governor Rick Perry.

MichaelGabriel on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

All but Governor Perry work for Hot Gas’ corporate cousin, KTIE 590 The Answer (Prager and Hewitt originate from KRLA 870/Los Angeles).

Honestly, that big earthquake that could wipe out Los Angeles and San Francisco would be the only real way to fix California. Oh, sure, there is county secession, but that’s not going to work. Period. End of story.

Myron Falwell on October 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Everything by the socialist book and failure ensues. Exactly the opposite of what is wished for comes about. Who could have predicted that? Well actually Milton Friedman not only predicted it, he showed it will happen every single time. Without fail.

pat on October 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

California has meddled with the primary process to the point where the two top vote getters (nearly always Democrats) go on to the general election.

I always thought that the primary elections were to choose party candidates — that each party, whether they worked by caucus or by primary, could enter the general election. Not so in California.

In addition, the budget used to require two thirds to pass in the Assembly, but not any more — Californians approved a proposition which means that only half+1 is needed to vote in a budget.

If you want a laboratory for all that can go wrong when Democrats completely rule the roost, this is the place.

unclesmrgol on October 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Governor moonbeam just signed a law allowing illegal aliens to get drivers licenses. It’s also against the law when you threaten to report on an illegal alien, er, undocumented person. They also get in state tuition to the state college system which means they pay less than someone from out of state, they can also practice law in the state. It’s topsy turvy in LA LA land.

LeftCoastRight on October 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Resist We Much on October 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I know Jerry Brown. I worked closely with him for four years about 10 years ago. I was in his Oakland condo may times for parties and in many meeting with him. The one thing I can tell you for certain about Jerry Brown is that he’s a drunk! I never saw him sober, and I saw him a lot.

Trafalgar on October 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Put a fence around it and party card anyone who tries to get out.

Dusty on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Hey! There are a lot of us Conservatives in the interior. It is the glut of low information voters and rich libtards on the coast that ruins it for the rest of us.

Decoski on October 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Did you ever notice when people make dreary imagery of medieval days that nobody ever says … “I wish I was a serf”

J_Crater on October 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I have two young daughters living with their mother in CA. I’m on the other coast. I know better politically, financially, and morally, but how can I abandon my two young daughters? Catch 22. Advice?

plaidsheetman on October 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

My sympathies to you. You have to do the best by your family, though. It might mean wasting away for 18 years in that hell hole, but you have to be there for them. :( Sorry you are in that situation.

cptacek on October 7, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Or: Resistance is Feudal?

Scott P on October 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You will be Stimulated.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 7, 2013 at 1:38 AM

One problem is that this Democratic supermajority is increasingly moving to Texas. They’re really like a virus. Destroying everything in their path and moving on to the next target.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

They are more like locusts; a virus is curable and doesn’t usually consume the host, locusts consume everything and then move on when there is nothing left.

Theophile on October 7, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Kalifornia looking feudal ? Or is it Futile ?

CriticalFocus on October 7, 2013 at 3:37 AM

One problem is that this Democratic supermajority is increasingly moving to Texas. They’re really like a virus. Destroying everything in their path and moving on to the next target.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Yes, well said. They ruined Colorado (recently), Oregon, Washington state (a while ago) and are trying to do likewise in Texas.

Don’t forget Utah — the “California Liberals” movin’ on in to most Western states (even Montana due to it being deemed ‘trendy’ because Hollywood and gays discovered it) is a well known and loathesome problem to many in the West.

The West used to be a Conservative place, an entire region known for hard working families, farming/ranching, rural and respectable life. I am as sorry as anyone to see it ruined.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Remember the “water shutoff” to Eastern So.Cal a while ago? The one Lefty Dianne Feinstein heralded? Something about saving a lot of that water from the Colorado River from those awful farmers — who were nearly all Conservative — in California?

That drove many of them out of business and out of the state in order to survive as farmers/ranchers: Democrats shut off the water supply to the region.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Put a fence around it and party card anyone who tries to get out.

Dusty on October 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Hey! There are a lot of us Conservatives in the interior. It is the glut of low information voters and rich libtards on the coast that ruins it for the rest of us.

Decoski on October 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

What Decoski wrote ^^.

California’s BIG PROBLEM is the very big disparity in voting swayed by Los Angeles County, San Francisco/Marin/Bay Area and Sacramento — all heavy Democrat and Lefty activist areas.

The rest of California is, indeed, NOT that but elections are owned by the shuffling Democrats, led by the wealthy DNC donors and activists, in those areas. The state legislature would make Communist China blush, it’s that Left-wing and far-out.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 6:41 AM

The libs and leftists will never ever believe that their policies are the problem.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 7:06 AM

I believe the author should include overpaid California public employees along with jobs in Hollywood and Silicon Valley in his list of where the wealth resides in California.

Nomas on October 7, 2013 at 7:22 AM

See, the one thing that the wealthy libs and leftys fail to understand is that when they run out of other people’s money to give away, the serfs are going to be coming after them.
There won’t be enough gates in the world to protect their little lib limousine communities.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

And there will be nowhere for them to run and hide.
It’s going to make the Reign of Terror look like a pic-a-nic.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM

See, the one thing that the wealthy libs and leftys fail to understand is that when they run out of other people’s money to give away, the serfs are going to be coming after them.
There won’t be enough gates in the world to protect their little lib limousine communities.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Google deployed it’s own buses for employees who live in San Francisco so they don’t have to be mired down by the riff-raff there.

Google buses running daily but only for the Google-associated between San Francisco and Google’s Palo Alto, CA location.

*Private,* wealthy liberals only.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

There won’t be enough gates in the world to protect their little lib limousine communities.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Google deployed it’s own buses for employees who live in San Francisco so they don’t have to be mired down by the riff-raff there.

Google buses running daily but only for the Google-associated between San Francisco and Google’s Palo Alto, CA location.

*Private,* wealthy liberals only.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

And I bet Google has a lot of the riff-raff washing and vacuuming and tuning those buses every night and morning.

Lourdes on October 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Kotkin, eh? Another of these schmucks carrying on about the evils of “nativisim” and “populism,” eh? Why is he complaining again?

HB3 on October 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

And yet, somehow, some way, enough will be convinced that this is all the fault of conservatives. Look at the meme re Detroit.

mel23059 on October 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

“And yet, somehow, some way, enough will be convinced that this is all the fault of conservatives.”

You mean guys like Kotkin who relentlessly push for open borders and then refuse to discuss the problems it causes? Yes, that is largely the fault of “conservatives,” now that you mention it….

HB3 on October 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

“As late as the 80s, California was… a place for outsiders… increasingly, immigrants.”

[now]

“…[resembles] global models as the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.”

“…now suffers the highest level of poverty.”

“…one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients”

You are what you eat.

Tsar of Earth on October 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Lourdes

In the libs’ twisted minds, the peasantry exists only for the following:

-To make the libs feel just swell about themselves. (It doesn’t matter that the lib policies are all utterly degrading and ruinous to the peasants economically, socially and otherwise. As long as it makes the libs feel good about themselves, and is on someone else’s tab, they’re cool with that.)

-To keep their yards beautiful, to clean their houses, to raise their children and to otherwise be servants at the whim and fancy of the libs. And for a price that’s right, of course.

justltl on October 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM