Portrait of an American nightmare. All his points are well taken, especially about the unions, but I’m wary of drawing too many broadly applicable lessons from Detroit for the simple reason that no place else — outside of Ramadi, say — looks like it. Other American cities have been dominated by the left for decades too, from Berkeley to D.C., and none have the Hiroshima-after-the-blast feel that Motown does. (Democrats currently outnumber Republicans on the New York City Council 46-3.) What Detroit reminds me of, in fact, is a photo set I once viewed online taken in and around Chernobyl by a girl touring the area on her motorcycle. It’s a fascinating gallery, in case you’ve never seen it; follow the link, then compare it to the ghost town Crowder’s walking through here. Horrifying.