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Watching Detroit Succumb to Entropy

Posted by V the K at 1:58 pm - May 30, 2014.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Follow-Up to Jeff’s Post, the website GooBing Detroit provides a fascinating document of the decay of America’s most liberal city (five decades of left-Democrat rule). By comparing streetviews from 2009 to 2013, you can see the city decay before your eyes.

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This is actually the most encouraging thing I have seen in some time. If the host is dying the parasites will have to leave in search of a more robust host. (I understand New York and California have VERY generous welfare systems.) As Detroit declines and the parasites leave, there is a chance for Michigan to become less progressive-socialist and more friendly to free markets and self-reliance.

Faster, please.

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Sadly I am not convinced the area is going to become less progressive. They will just find a way to blame the decay on the mean republicans.

    Comment by Just Me — May 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - May 30, 2014

  2. Do you really think it was liberal politicians that wrecked Detroit? Or the people that live there?

    The various MFICs didn’t elect themselves to office.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — May 30, 2014 @ 5:09 pm - May 30, 2014

  3. Actually the main business in Detroit have been ruin porn, post apocalyptic movie scenes, and cheating the warehousing rules for the London Metal exchange.

    But change is afoot Chinese are buying up property in Detroit by the block. Asians are willing to go onto their rooftops with rifles to defend their neighborhoods as seen in the crack addict that was to high for a cop stun gun to work Rodney King riots.

    If you really need to blame one person for Detriot how about illiterate school board leader Otis Mathis that had to sue a black school to get his degree because he failed an English proficiency test 3 times like high schools used to require.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/06/illiterate-detroit-school-board-president-also-accused-of-masturbating-in-front-of-superintendent/

    Comment by Steve — May 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - May 30, 2014

  4. Do you really think it was liberal politicians that wrecked Detroit? Or the people that live there?

    The people who lived there elected the the liberal politicians who wrecked Detroit.

    Detroit since the 1960’s has been a city run by far-left Democrats. They have enacted massive amounts of business regulations because capitalism was unfair and the Government had to control it to protect the people. And even as the city’s economic situation got worse and worse, the media and the politicians kept insisting that things were just about to get better, you’ll see! And no matter how corrupt and incompetent the city’s political leadership was, the media wouldn’t subject them to even a peep of criticism, because that would be racist.

    Sound familiar at all?

    Comment by V the K — May 30, 2014 @ 7:05 pm - May 30, 2014

  5. The 1967 race riot is what sent Detroit into a tail spin from being named the Paris of the West & having the best public schools in the nation.

    Comment by Steve — May 30, 2014 @ 7:48 pm - May 30, 2014

  6. How many are in the NYC-PA-MD-NJ area? I think Runningrn is in PA since he responded to the PA mayor forcing gay sex at gunpoint link. I think Sean is down in the DC area. I think the other steve that occasionally posts is a guy that lived with me when I was in Harrisburg. Maybe we could have an outing or meet up at one of the gay pride days. We could compete for the most hated Gay in NYC with chik fil a snacks & my Shirtless Putin riding Obama shirt that says “Snowden told us you’ve been a bad boy”

    The other Steve posts pretty sporadically, I did think about changing my name to TheSteveThatDoesn’tTakeAdvantageOfUnder21DrunkStraightGuys DownByTheRailRoadTracks but I don’t think it would fit.

    Comment by Steve — May 30, 2014 @ 8:04 pm - May 30, 2014

  7. Detroit was owned by auto labor unions (Big Three and related shops). After the riots, white flight meant that blacks were suddenly in control. Sadly, many of these folks hadn’t similar experiences in management and administration and were woefully unprepared. Add to this, some were fueled by opportunism, a kind of civic ‘looting’, not caring about the city’s future but only about getting while the getting was good. And of course voting for those who looked like them because corrupt or not, there was a better chance a voter could get in on the action if the elected official looked like them. And Detroit, after all, was their turf. They weren’t getting ahead under The Man, so even though it’s a shit hole, it’s their shit hole.

    Comment by Ignatius — May 30, 2014 @ 10:09 pm - May 30, 2014

  8. Name one city controlled by blacks that is not a hell hole. It will be a long time coming.

    Comment by davinci — May 31, 2014 @ 12:19 am - May 31, 2014

  9. @ Steve: I live within traveling distance of DC, but I’m not in the area, per se. I live in South Central PA, let’s leave it at that.

    Comment by Sean L — May 31, 2014 @ 6:23 am - May 31, 2014

  10. What Davinci said. The Empire’s Galactic Taboo on telling the truth about race is at the heart of America’s demise. Whites have proven themselves to be The Most Foolish People On The Planet.

    Comment by EssEm — May 31, 2014 @ 8:02 am - May 31, 2014

  11. EssEm:

    That is because whites are fearful of blacks and other minorities.

    Comment by davinci — May 31, 2014 @ 10:29 am - May 31, 2014

  12. VtK: yes, the lefty pols (along with the rapacious auto unions and incompetent auto management) gave Detroit a mighty push down the hill but there are plenty of areas with wack-doodle politicians that, so far, have not descended into a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

    Detroit’s basic problem is the destruction of human capital. This is a discussion unto itself but until the problems can be discussed in the open, we will never figure out how to fix them. I’m pretty sure the local leadership in West Hollywood and even San Francisco would drive me crazy but, for the most part, these areas are still livable. Voters in these places are nuts but they don’t foul their own nests.

    My workplace is near a neighborhood straight out of a Jeff Foxworthy routine: yard appliances, rusted cars on blocks, houses with a notable lean (pure white-trash to put it crudely) but I can still walk to the corner store. There are other areas in KC that I won’t drive through for any reason (armed or not).

    Comment by KCRob — May 31, 2014 @ 11:19 am - May 31, 2014

  13. The “truth about race” is that it is a false construct and irrelevant. Are some of you really saying that people are genetically hard-wired to elect corrupt leftist politicians who ruin cities? Maybe culture has something to do with this, in which case it wouldn’t make sense to classify people based on their appearance. There really isn’t every a good reason to do that, actually. Nothing good can come of it.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — June 1, 2014 @ 3:11 pm - June 1, 2014

  14. Are some of you really saying…

    I’m not sure to whom this is directed. Normally, a general question such as yours would be adequate but because we’re dealing with a subject in which race is one unavoidable aspect, not all comments need be clarified because not all should be included in the implications of some.

    In my estimation, there is correlation but not causation. Race is a factor only because of history and culture, not bodily chemicals. The politicians who took power in Detroit weren’t equipped to manage a large city because many had no previous experience in such a capacity, had inferior educations, and were taking power riding a wave of rioting and years of resentment, not of enlightened reform. And my critique is not meant as an indirect compliment to the union culture they replaced. Unions, in fact, were some of the most virulently racist organizations in US history and whose rules (seniority, pay scales, voting, management, etc.) were used to keep blacks and others out all while pretending to protect and support the downtrodden.

    (I’m commenting on this topic based upon second-hand information from a friend I made during several summers in Traverse City while I was in high school. He told me quite a bit about living in the Detroit area — this was in the ’80s — as well as taught me how to give an excellent blow job.)

    Comment by Ignatius — June 1, 2014 @ 4:34 pm - June 1, 2014

  15. #13: race is not irrelevant. To believe that human beings, unlike every other organism on earth, are all exactly equal in every way is magical thinking. We run into idiots and smart people of all colors every day. The dumb ones seem to crowd the freeways when I drive to/from work.

    Race is common ancestry. When populations disperse over wide areas, differences develop over time (evolution). That’s how humanity, originating in Africa, evolved into Asians, Caucasians, Indians, Africans, etc.

    Different races have different averages of intelligence, personality traits, etc (with wide ranges and outliers). These traits are heritable (this is why golden retrievers are far more laid back than that yippy rat-looking dog down the street). It’s not hard-wiring but it is basic biology.

    The point of “noticing” (as evil as it is these days) is that until we can acknowledge and honestly discuss the differences, we will forever be plagued with racial strife. So far, we’ve spent trillions on “closing the gap” and it’s not closing. If we were honest about that, we’d spend time trying to figure out what works and what’s not working.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — June 1, 2014 @ 10:08 pm - June 1, 2014

  16. I’m not sure to whom this is directed. Normally, a general question such as yours would be adequate but because we’re dealing with a subject in which race is one unavoidable aspect, not all comments need be clarified because not all should be included in the implications of some.

    It wasn’t directed at you. I’m not saying that race should never be brought up, but blaming Detroit/other cities’ awfulness on the genetics of its residents, which is what some people seem to do (EssEm in particular, who has a history of racist comments) is illogical and fundamentally collectivist. Racism is an ideological relative of socialism, and it needs to die.

    In my estimation, there is correlation but not causation. Race is a factor only because of history and culture, not bodily chemicals. The politicians who took power in Detroit weren’t equipped to manage a large city because many had no previous experience in such a capacity, had inferior educations, and were taking power riding a wave of rioting and years of resentment, not of enlightened reform. … Unions, in fact, were some of the most virulently racist organizations in US history and whose rules (seniority, pay scales, voting, management, etc.) were used to keep blacks and others out all while pretending to protect and support the downtrodden.

    Exactly.

    #13: race is not irrelevant. To believe that human beings, unlike every other organism on earth, are all exactly equal in every way is magical thinking.

    I’m not saying that “human beings are all exactly equal in every way,” I’m just saying that there is no reason to treat anyone as a member of some race rather than an individual. Just because Africans tend to have a lower average intelligence than Europeans or East Asians doesn’t mean some of the smartest people on the planet can’t be black. Maybe this is relevant to the interests of some academic, but it’s not relevant as far as the government or society is concerned (culture is a different thing, though, but culture isn’t divided by skin colour). I erred when I said race is a false construct since Africans are quite genetically different from everyone else, but that is a pretty trivial point in the context of society.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — June 2, 2014 @ 5:37 pm - June 2, 2014

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