ToDaZeD CA *face2palm*

everything old is Noo again…

California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy.

The new consensus is being pushed by, among others, hedge-fund-billionaire [also OIL ~ C]-turned-green-patriarch Tom Steyer. The financier now insists that, to reverse our worsening inequality, we must double down on environmental and land-use regulation, and make up for it by boosting subsidies for the struggling poor and middle class. This new progressive synthesis promises not upward mobility and independence, but rather the prospect of turning most Californians into either tax slaves or dependent serfs.

Keep an eye out for that name, Tom Steyer

[Gov. Jerry Brown] signs a $52 billion tax increase with another billion to buy off legislators with no vote of the people…,

[Then he says;] “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,

There is some irony in a new kind of socialism blessed by some of the world’s richest people.

…“combating climate change” has become an opportunity for Brown, Steyer and the Sacramento bureaucracy to perform a passion play, where they preen as saviors of the planet, with the unlikable President Donald Trump playing his role as the devil incarnate. In following with this line of reasoning, Bay Area officials and environmental activists are even proposing a campaign to promote meatless meals.

Butt, being CA, there’s a Noo Twist this time around:

The oligarchs of the Bay Area have a problem: They must square their progressive worldview with their enormous wealth. They certainly are not socialists in the traditional sense. They see their riches not as a result of class advantages, but rather as reflective of their meritocratic superiority. As former TechCrunch reporter Gregory Ferenstein has observed, they embrace massive inequality as both a given and a logical outcome of the new economy.

Well. Ain’t we lucky that they choose to walk among us?

Their gambit is to expand the welfare state to keep the hoi polloi in line. Many, including Mark Zuckerberg, now favor an income stipend that could prevent mass homelessness and malnutrition.

Nothing quite focuses the mind like a twitch on the ol’ food-leash from one’s Superiors™, eh?

The state Senate passed the bill [single-payer health care system] without identifying a funding source to pay the estimated $400 billion annual cost

ooooo…. Even moar effective.

…but it’s hard to see how the state makes ends meet in the longer run without confiscating the billions now held by the ruling tech oligarchs.

Here’s a little Sunday Afternoon Thought Exercise:

Finish your assignment! »

By Robert Nozick.
From Anarchy, State, and Utopia, 290-292 (1974), winner of a National Book Award in 1975
“Consider the following sequence of cases… and imagine it is about you.

1 There is a slave completely at the mercy of his brutal master’s whims. He often is cruelly beaten, called out in the middle of the night, and so on.
2 The master is kindlier and beats the slave only for stated infractions of his rules (not fulfilling the work quota, and so on). He gives the slave some free time.
3 The master has a group of slaves, and he decides how things are to be allocated among them on nice grounds, taking into account their needs, merit, and so on.
4 The master allows his slaves four days on their own and requires them to work only three days a week on his land. The rest of the time is their own.
5 The master allows his slaves to go off and work in the city (or anywhere they wish) for wages. He requires only that they send back to him three-sevenths of their wages. He also retains the power to recall them to the plantation if some emergency threatens his land; and to raise or lower the three-sevenths amount required to be turned over to him. He further retains the right to restrict the slaves from participating in certain dangerous activities that threaten his financial return, for example, mountain climbing, cigarette smoking.
6 The master allows all of his 10,000 slaves, except you, to vote, and the joint decision is made by all of them. There is open discussion, and so forth, among them, and they have the power to determine to what uses to put whatever percentage of your (and their) earnings they decide to take; what activities legitimately may be forbidden to you, and so on. 
*     *    * 

7 Though still not having the vote, you are at liberty (and are given the right) to enter into the discussions of the 10,000, to try to persuade them to adopt various policies and to treat you and themselves in a certain way. They then go off to vote to decide upon policies covering the vast range of their powers.
8 In appreciation of your useful contributions to discussion, the 10,000 allow you to vote if they are deadlocked; they commit themselves to this procedure. After the discussion you mark your vote on a slip of paper, and they go off and vote. In the eventuality that they divide evenly on some issue, 5,000 for and 5,000 against, they look at your ballot and count it in. This has never yet happened; they have never yet had occasion to open your ballot. (A single master also might commit himself to letting his slave decide any issue concerning him about which he, the master, was absolutely indifferent.)
9 They throw your vote in with theirs. If they are exactly tied your vote carries the issue. Otherwise it makes no difference to the electoral outcome.
The question is: which transition from case 1 to case 9 made it no longer the tale of a slave?”


  1. DougM (flawed)
    Posted June 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm |

    I think CA’s lost the pipper on the whole American federalist constitutional republic thing.

    I don’t think they’ll get to full-Venezuela mode,
    but they’re sneakin’ up on an über-Illinois-level catastrophe.

  2. MikeAZ
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 4:19 am |

    Is it any wonder, when one sees the spark of sanity flicker amid the dark ashes of Liberal ideas, that we begin to see the faint smoke signals from people who love California for all that it used to be and could be again, and call for a second spin-off state to be formed? Secede if you can muster the votes, but make your very first law of the new land to outlaw Liberals and Socialists and “do it because I say so” Leftists, and your second law to build a mighty wall to keep that pestilence at bay.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 6:47 am |

    I dunno, DM@1 — as I go about my daily chores, I see a tension building in the proggie/blue areas. Everybody’s surly ‘n’ cranky, or worried and askeert.

    Makes buying groceries and pins kinda unpleasant….

    Not so much in the Red areas…

    But it could be what Venezuelans saw years ago. That’s not to say it will progress *cough* to that — but the whole “it can’t happen here” thing is looking moar and moar fantasy-like…

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:04 am |

    Tom Steyer is the ratbastard whose money stole the 2013 Virginia election for governor and gave it to carpetbagger and Clinton bagboy Terry McAuliffe.
    Perhaps he should put his money where his hypocritical mouth is and fund the Kalifonia health care boondoggle. After the first year, we’d hear no more from him or any of the other liberals whose money was seized to do that.
    Other than screams of anguish, that is.

  5. Posted June 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm |

    I see they have a few arrows in that quiver.
    They’re working on fuedalism, they’ve been working on hydraulic despotism and they’ve had indentured servants in the form of H-1B visas in Silicon Valley and Disney.
    Those have the added advantage that if the indentured tick off their masters they are sent back whence they came.

    Don’t get me started on guilds.

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm |

    Dick @4 – that’s very interesting…
    wonder how he chose Kleptofornia as his new playground?

  7. rickn8or
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm |

    Dick @4, thanks for the reminder; I knew there was another reason I hated the rat-bastard prick. (The other reason was that he and others opposed the Keystone pipeline so he could make shit-tons of money hauling oil in railcars.)

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 7:54 am |

    Claire – Steyer was in Kleptofornia when he funded a so-called Libertarian in the Virginia election to draw off votes from Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party guy. The “Libertarian” was a no-name dweeb whose main platform plank was that if he were governor, Virginia would have its first black First Lady. BFD….
    If I were King, no campaign contributions could come from outside the jurisdiction of the office up for election.

    Look at the #$%^%$ Dems in Georgia today; tens of millions from outside Georgia spent trying to elect another Commie weasel. That’s not fair to the people who live there and have to live with the election outcome for years.