Trouble in Paradise: The Crumbling California Model

Source: National Review
by Joel Kotkin

“Some horrified conservatives dismiss California as the progressive dystopia, bound for bankruptcy and, let’s hope, growing irrelevance. Progressives, for their part, hail the Golden State as the avatar of a better future, the role model for a new, more environmentally friendly and socially just economic order. They often dismiss critiques as conservative misinformation. Yet California is not doomed, at least in the near term, nor is it anything like a model of social democracy. … The big problem with the California model is that it does not work for most Californians, who suffer from the highest poverty rate (cost of living adjusted) in the country.” (01/03/22)