Editorial Response by Paul Lesniak to the 6/10/15 Column by Lawrence Wittner
For a website that declares itself the source of “All Things Sierra County”, the Prospect is sure heavy with imported, neo-marxist agit- prop coming from people who more likely than not have never set foot in the surrounding zip codes.
It reached a crescendo this past week with the publication of “Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?” by someone named Lawrence S. Wittner, a professor of history at State University of New York / Albany.
The accompanying photo reveals a bespectacled, hirsute, and somewhat gaunt denizen of the faculty lounge right out of central casting.
Mr. Wittner enthusiastically supports the presidential candidacy of the one declared socialist in the US Senate, the grizzled and stooped 74 year old bolshevist throwback from the People’s Republic of Vermont, Bernie Sanders.
He goes to great lengths to separate socialism from its less user friendly cousin, communism, which is simply ‘pickin’ pepper out of flyshit’ because Karl Marx stated unequivocally that the goal of the former is to soften up the population for the imposition of the latter.
Mr. Wittner sings the praises of the socialist ideal, conveniently ignoring the staggering body counts and economic and cultural degradation of societies who have implemented the socialist / communist governmental paradigm.
He also fails to note that governments all across the socialist / communist spectrum have been abandoning their attempts at re-engineering human nature and have turned to functioning capitalist approaches because they have, as Margaret Thatcher predicted “run out of other peoples money.”
But I guess we can’t blame this city slicker that resides three thousand miles away for being ignorant of the fact that right here in beautiful California, the American interpretation of the socialist ideal is fully realized and functioning.
Wittner does do something quite helpful when he cheers the success rabble rousing socialists have had in infiltrating such public arenas as race relations, women’s rights, employee unions public and private, the educational establishment, open borders advocacy, and the environmental movements.
Because of there successful infiltrations, California is now a one party state, with its progressive politics dominated by the overwhelmingly Democrat voting major coastal population centers.
This has produced completely predictable results.
Income inequality has never been higher, especially in the wealthy and overwhelmingly white coastal areas where we now find near feudal levels of have’s and have nots.
Middle class and lower income families, usually of color, are being squeezed out of those areas by astronomical property values and ever increasing rents.
These property values have predictably skyrocketed because of relentless opposition to any and all forms of construction or development, all in the name of protecting the environment.
Away from the Golden Coasts, the onerous environmental dictates popular with the coastal elites have all but killed extractive industries and the industrial manufacturing base.
They have also turned great swathes of some of the most productive farmland the world has ever known into a desert wasteland to insure the survival of an insignificant bait fish.
With those industries associated jobs rapidly disappearing, the California middle class is now an endangered species, save for those receiving government paychecks.
California’s public employee unions are the most powerful political entity in the state.
Woe betide any politician who dares to challenge their power.
Their outsized influence is direct result of the channeling of portions of their taxpayer funded paychecks into coerced union dues, which then flow into the campaign coffers of the elected officials on the other side of the bargaining table.
This effectively seats public employee unions on both sides of the negotiations, able to elect or remove those who either enthusiastically support or dare to oppose their programs.
The predictable result is an entrenched and unaccountable bureaucratic behemoth that enjoys generous pay, benefits and retirement packages unheard of in the private sector, which are now underfunded to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.
Because of relentless bureaucratic interference from these same employees of government agencies seeking to justify their existence, California has the most hostile business environment in the United States, some of the highest state income and property taxes, and coincidentally, the highest percentage of those living in poverty.
Unemployment rates in the Central Valley, the Inland Empire and Sierra High Country are routinely in double digits, and often exceeding 20%.
Despite this high unemployment rate, California’s Southern border is virtually open, flooding the state with low skilled and barely literate immigrants who drive real wages down and are stretching the states tattered social safety net to the breaking point.
California spends more money on its schools than almost any other state in the nation, yet consistently ranks at or near the bottom in teacher effectiveness and student performance.
Crony capitalist back scratching is the order of the day in Sacramento, with connected insiders routinely strip mining the state treasury under the guise of serving the people.
What is clear is that the progressive / socialist dream is in full effect here in the formerly Golden State, with completely predictable results; racial and class division, out of control and unaccountable state bureaucracies, unrestricted immigration and crippled commercial activity, while connected insiders, their crony enablers and dependent elected and appointed government officials and employees live in luxury, laughing at the chumps.
Socialism is indeed here, and it is working exactly as planned.
If you ever wonder why when a perfectly normal high school kid is shipped off to the university, and comes home for holiday visits wearing a Che T-shirt and quoting from Mao’s little red book, you can thank agenda driven historical revisionists like Lawrence S. Wittner.