How California’s Paradise Become our Purgatory


by Victor Davis Hanson

California has become a test case of the suicide of the West. Never before has such a state, so rich in natural resources and endowed with such a bountiful human inheritance, self-destructed so rapidly.

How and why did California so utterly consume its unmatched natural and ancestral inheritance and end up as a warning to Western civilization of what might be in store for anyone who followed its nihilism?

The symptoms of the state’s suicide are indisputable.

Governor Gavin Newsom enjoyed a recent $98 billion budget surplus—gifted from multibillion-dollar federal COVID-19 subsidies, the highest income and gas taxes in the nation, and among the country’s steepest sales and property taxes.

Yet in a year, he turned it into a growing $45 billion budget deficit.

At a time of an over-regulated, overtaxed, and sputtering economy, Newsom spent lavishly on new entitlements, illegal immigrants, and untried and inefficient green projects.

Newsom was endowed with two of the wettest years in recent California history. Yet he and radical environmentalists squandered the water bounty—as snowmelts and runoff long designated for agricultural irrigation were drained from aqueducts and reservoirs to flow out to sea.

Newsom transferred millions of dollars designated by a voter referendum to build dams and aqueducts for water storage and instead blew up four historic dams on the Klamath River. For decades, these now-destroyed scenic lakes provided clean, green hydroelectric power, irrigation storage, flood control, and recreation.

California hosts one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Over a fifth of the population lives below the property line. Nearly half the nation’s homeless sleep on the streets of its major cities.

The state’s downtowns are dirty, dangerous, and increasingly abandoned by businesses—most recently Google—that cannot rely on a defunded and shackled police.

Newsom’s California has spent billions on homeless relief and subsidizing millions of new illegal migrant arrivals across the state’s porous southern border.

The result was predictably even more homeless and more illegal immigrants, all front-loaded onto the state’s already overtaxed and broken healthcare, housing, and welfare entitlements.

Newsome raised the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $22 an hour. The result was wage inflation rippling out to all service areas, unaffordable food for the poor, and massive shut-downs and bankruptcies of fast food outlets.

Twenty-seven percent of Californians were born outside of the United States. It is a minority-majority state. Yet California has long dropped unifying civic education, while the bankrupt state funds exploratory commissions to consider divisive racial reparations.

California’s universities are hotbeds of ethnic, religious, and racial chauvinism and infighting. State officials, however, did little as its campuses were plagued for months by rampant and violent anti-Semitism.

Almost nightly, the nation watches mass smash-and-grab attacks on California retail stores. Carjackers and thieves own the night. They are rarely caught, even more rarely arrested—and almost never convicted.

Currently, Newsom is fighting in the courts to stop the people’s constitutional right to place on the ballot initiatives to restore penalties for violent crime and theft.

Gas prices are the highest in the continental United States, given green mandate formulas and the nation’s highest, and still raising, gasoline taxes—and are scheduled to go well over $6 a gallon.

Yet its ossified roads and highways are among the nation’s most dangerous, as vast sums of transportation funding were siphoned off to the multibillion-dollar high-speed rail boondoggle.

The state imports almost all the costly vitals of modern life, mostly because it prohibits using California’s own vast petroleum, natural gas, timber, and mineral resources.

As California implodes, its embarrassed government turns to the irrelevant, if not ludicrous.

It now outlaws natural gas stoves in new homes. It is adding new income-based surcharges for those who dutifully pay their power bills—to help subsidize the 2.5 million Californians who simply default on their energy bill with impunity.

What happened to the once-beautiful California paradise?

Millions of productive but frustrated, overtaxed, and underserved middle-class residents have fled to low-crime, low-tax, and well-served red states in disgust

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I live in Commie-Fornia and out Governor is dumber then a sack full or Rocks and the California Demon-Rats want Open Borders

Move someplace else if you hate it so much.

Only a Democrat could take a paradise like California and get it this screwed up. ONLY a Democrat. Perpetual stomach hands.

Perpetual stomach hands.

Is that the name of your band or something, Scooter?

No, that’s someone that everything they touch turns to shit. You know… DEMOCRATS.

Go ride a go-cart downhill and into a swamp. Bean Brain

Figured out what a whore is yet? look in the mirror, CRT and other brain fart theologies you push for a lousy paycheck. People like you are the issue, fight for your mind prison.
See what kind of grill they are cooking on? Gas…ewwww
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Last edited 29 days ago by kitt

What do I teach that falls under the heading of “CRT”? I’m genuinely curious.

What do you teach, emotions over skill. You told me so they told you to stop your lessons to help the kiddos from the stress. Imagine their stress when they cant read or do math in the real world. Groomer whore in a state with the highest illiteracy rate.

You told me so they told you to stop your lessons to help the kiddos from the stress.

I never, ever said that.

Again, what do I teach that falls into the category of “CRT”?

Yes you did. That makes you a lying whore.

What do I teach that falls into the category of “CRT”?

Last edited 29 days ago by Michael

You dont teach anything useful for a childs future, a failing lying whore.

Okay. But which things I actually teach are considered to be “CRT”?

Its woven into the curriculum you adhere to.
Dude when you stop lying to yourself it might help.

Yes, Children Are Being Taught Critical Race Theory in K–12 Schools in the US

Last edited 29 days ago by kitt

If it’s woven into the curriculum, then you should easily be able to list something I have taught in class that qualifies as CRT. Come on! You can do it!

Mike I dont have the crayons nor the time to make you stop lying to yourself.

What time is needed? All you have to do is list one thing that I’ve taught in class that qualifies as CRT. That should only be the work of a few seconds.

Mike I dont have the crayons nor the time to make you stop lying to yourself.

In the time you took to write that same thing twice, you could have written one single CRT topic I teach, if such even existed.

Out of curiosity, when did you come in to observe my teaching?

She posted it. On another topic. Go search through them all and the archives and find it.

Unless I’m mistaken, you have never been in my classroom, and you’ve never seen me teach. But you’re certain that I teach CRT. Please share one single lesson I’ve taught that qualifies as CRT. You don’t even need to give the date; just the topic of the lesson.

We already listed it.

No one needs CRT, Dip-Wad

You once admitted you taught CRT and loved it.

Yes, you did.

Because the Globalists scum balls like Gates and Schwabe and UN and WEF would force up to eat plant based junk and bugs. Pinhead

Why don’t you flap your a rms and fly to the Moon you Imbecilic

Newscum hasn’t drained the reservoirs for this year….YET, all except for San Luis are near capacity, San Luis is under it’s historical average currently but well above the stupid years of our moron in governor. I have faith that our idiot in chief will screw that up soon. (

Several; years back CA decided to replace its representative Republic with the tyranny of the majority, a pure democracy.
So, instead of a Dem and a Rep plus a few others all on ballots, in CA it was the “two top vote getters,” against one another.
At first it was rarely a pair of dems, but now, as a result of years of kicking all non dems to the curb, it is almost ALWAYS two dems against one another.
Dems almost always win.
And CA has fallen to ruin by unbridled dem policies being enacted one after another.
Just the other day dems agreed to let salts be sprayed into the sky over SF.
A few months later health authorities forced them to stop poisoning their air, soil and water.
At least health authorities can still over-rule dems in CA once in a while.