I’m filing this under the Information War segment because I’d bet big money that few people realize what has taken place in the Golden State over the past twenty or more years regarding illegal and unassimilated aliens populating the state.
Victor Davis Hanson, familiar to Dispatches readers, is not only a scholar but he’s a farmer. He still lives on the farm that has been in his family for many decades. Years ago he wrote the book Mexifornia, and has since written many articles about the increasing third-world nature of much of the poor and many rural areas of America’s most populated state.
Here is VDH writing at Townhall.com this week:
[W]hat is driving California’s current efforts to nullify federal law and the state’s vows to secede from the U.S. are some deeper — and creepy — similarities to the arrogant and blinkered Old South.
California is likewise becoming a winner-take-all society. It hosts the largest numbers of impoverished and the greatest number of rich people of any state in the country. Eager for cheap service labor, California has welcomed in nearly a quarter of the nation’s undocumented immigrants. California has more residents living in poverty than any other state. It is home to one third of all the nation’s welfare recipients.
The income of California’s wealthy seems to make them immune from the effects of the highest basket of sales, income and gas taxes in the nation. The poor look to subsidies and social services to get by. Over the last 30 years, California’s middle classes have increasingly fled the state.
“Gone With the Wind”-like wealth disparity in California is shocking to the naked eye. Mostly poor Redwood City looks like it’s on a different planet from tony nearby Atherton or Woodside.
The California elite, wishing to keep the natural environment unchanged, opposes internal improvements and sues to stop pipelines, aqueducts, reservoirs, freeways and affordable housing for the coastal poor.
California’s crumbling roads and bridges sometimes resemble those of the old rural South. The state’s public schools remain among the nation’s poorest. Private academies are booming for the offspring of the coastal privileged, just as they did among the plantation class of the South.
Read more: Townhall.com
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