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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #65)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:34 PM

69. I agree.

To be fair, there are plenty of petite bourgeoisie down south as well. They are invariably big conservative/libertarians with delusions of grandeur. I use the generic term "boat assholes" for them. Everything depends on properly progressive income tax reform. But there is another dynamic that we should consider. We may not be able to afford our cities for too much longer.

We are an empire in decline. We haven't garrisoned the planet just for the fun of it. Our cities, and their surrounding suburbs and exurbs, consume tremendous resources. Global competition for those resources is increasing every day. I don't expect it to happen soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if forces beyond our control turn great swaths of the eastern seaboard into another rotting Detroit. At least the rent will go down.

But I'm obviously not enough of an economist to parse it much more than that. I just expect, given the global resource situation, that anybody with anything is going to have to give up some of it, and the poorest among us don't have anywhere to downsize to. Under those circumstances, if we don't start sacrificing now while we can control our reduction, the poorest among us will begin the process for us and they won't be too gentle about it.

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