The progressive socialism that has fundamentally transformed California is a template for America.
The California of my youth was Nirvana: an ideal climate, Disneyland, abundant natural resources, agriculturally productive soils, limitless economic opportunities, visionary thinking and traditional American values; the very best of America….or so we thought.
As the state with virtually unlimited natural resources and an ideal climate for growing just about any crop, it became the breadbasket for the nation and also for much of the developed world.
But, just beneath the surface, Marxist radicals were hard at work reshaping the political and societal culture in subtle yet unfathomable ways. Since 5 of the top 10 most highly respected U.S. Universities called California home, it was natural that Frankfurt School trained Marxist professors and practitioners flocked to the state, especially when it afforded an ideal climate and unlimited human resources to build their new socialist utopia.
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Guest: Michael Shaw is licensed as an attorney and CPA. He is also an entrepreneur, land manager, abundance ecologist and was Freedom Advocates founder.
Guest: Mark Baird – is a rancher, commercial pilot, radio station manager, retired deputy sheriff, businessman and constitutional scholar living in Siskiyou County in Northern California.
California's abudance has also been it's undoing. It propelled the wealth production of that magnificent state into the 5th richest economy in the world, creating the perception that whatever they did, the money spigot would just keep flowing forever.
Much like a malignant cancer, the collectivists gradually took over academics, the entertainment industry, manufacturing, state and local government, and finally the high technology/ Silicon Valley sector.
And, although this happened over only a 60 year period, few people saw the warning signs until it is now too late. The tipping point for California occurred during the Clinton Administration, but accelerated with the Bush & Obama push for open borders, deindustrialization, Chinese communist cooperation, and WTO/NAFTA global trade programs. Sustainable development became the newspeak buzzwords for communist programs instituting top down government control of all human activity.
This all but destroyed the California natural resource industries and sent family farming and ranching into a death spiral. Concurrently, CCP luminaries and wealthy Chinese businessmen were buying up California real estate like there was no tomorrow………..which may soon be true.
As bureaucratic lackeys and political hacks became the willing tools of radical environmentalism under the cloak of sustainability, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and unelected councils of government (COGs) increasingly took larger roles in the California political process.
This made local elected leadership less informed, feckless, and consequently less accountable to the voters. A new form of inverted fascism called public/private partnerships quickly grabbed the reins of power, and although ANTIFA groups claim to be anti-fascist, they disingenuously pander to this fascistic agenda while attacking individualism and personal responsibility.
Authoritarianism is the new cornerstone of Californian liberalism with individual income tax levels, sales taxes, property taxes, licenses and fees combining for one of the highest tax regimes in the developed world including many militantly socialist countries.
Regulations and entangling rules have made the state one of the most costly and difficult places in the world to do business, which is just fine for international corporations and monopolies that can afford teams of tax lawyers and accountants, but not so hot for medium and small businesses fleeing the state in record numbers. A fiscal trainwreck for the California Treasury is as close as the next recession or plandemic.
Meanwhile, senseless immigration and liberal social programs are overwhelming the school, hospital, prison systems and social service sectors. Governor Newsome's answer of course is to release more criminals back into civil society, legalize/normalize drugs, raise taxes, cut police funding, reduce infrastructure spending, and make housing less affordable for average Californians through inflation and increased government regulation.
Hmm…..I wonder if that might have anything to do with cities being filled with drug adicted, mentally disturbed homeless populations taking over the citiy streets?
And, speaking of stupid programs, Did I mention the brilliant move to outlaw internal combustion engines and move into an all electric transportation system by 2030 as they destroy hydro-electric, natural gas, nuclear and “non-renewable” power generation statewide? Add to this nightmare scenario a 2.8 trillion dollar state pension funding shortfall and you have the perfect formula for economic and social disaster.
Money only grows on trees in the DC swamp and southern California. I guess their plan to fully vaccinate everyone promises to reduce the number of folks on Social Security, State/Federal pensions and public assistance significantly within the next few years. Allowing Mexican drug cartels to flood California and the rest of the country with enough CCP supplied fentanyl to kill another 200 million Americans, and miraculously anthropogenic global warming disappears.
Does this sound like a brilliant plan for success or what?
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