Thanks to the great Robert Nozick, there is a way to allow left-liberals to live their dreams while sparing the rest of us.
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And let the liberal left states show us how they are going to power their economies and homes with energy from the wind and the sun, without that filthy oil and gas and dangerous nuclear power. And let the producers in the energy-producing states focus first on their own residents, selling only what they want to the non-producing states, at the best price they can get. I really want to watch that.
WHAT GOT ME THINKING about this recently was a local left-wing newspaper I picked up on a subway in suburban Washington, D.C. There I read a column saying now that the mean Republicans were getting voted out of office everywhere, we can return to enlightened crime policy focused on rehabilitation of prisoners, rather than the extended incarceration policies that have resulted in the largest prison population in the world here in the U.S.
America adopted all of the liberal rehabilitation fantasies on crime and punishment throughout the '60s and '70s. What the real world facts showed is that none of that remotely worked. Most crime is committed by hard-core repeat offenders who, when not in jail, are out brutalizing the innocent. The only way to stop them is to keep them locked up in prison where they can’t commit further crimes. When liberal rehabilitation policies were in force in the '60s and '70s, crime soared. When conservative long-term incarceration policies were adopted in the '80s and '90s, crime plummeted.
But the liberals are still writing about the mean conservatives who want to keep people locked up rather than rehabilitating them so they can live happy, productive lives. So let them adopt their liberal rehabilitation policies in their localities and enjoy that crime they deserve there.
In the last two Cost of Government Day Reports, Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform have published official IRS data showing that every year millions of Americans move from the 10 highest tax states and into the 10 lowest tax states. This is what would happen under Nozick’s utopia. People would move over time from the economically declining, overtaxed, crime infested, welfare giveaway, liberal-left states, to the economically booming, low taxing and spending, free-market capitalist states. The experience may also be a teaching moment for at least some of the liberal-left states, which would decide to join the real, free world.
But as we can see from current examples, maybe some would not. Several American cities that have been fully governed by the liberal-left for decades, Exhibit A being Detroit, but there are others too, such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C., are in dramatic long-term decline. Their populations have been dropping precipitously, in some cases by 50% or more, as people flee liberalism and its disastrous policies. Some cities are reaching the point where anybody who is left is either in government employment, or living on government assistance, with fewer and fewer net taxpayers.
Yet, they still keep voting for liberals, with no viable alternative in sight. We may see some formerly major American cities decline to virtual ghost towns, with nothing left but a liberal mayor and city council, and a local government employee labor union leader, requesting federal aid, and seeking taxing authority to chase taxpayers across city lines.
But that’s utopia. That’s what they voted for, and that’s what they should have. I wouldn’t want to deprive them of it.
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