… and It Ain’t Good

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  ” But these beautiful sentiments have less and less to do with the actual policies they pursue. Readers of Via Meadia can see a
pattern here. We have “peace movements” incapable of advancing the cause of peace;
environmentalists whose political ineptitude damages the causes they most hope to serve; and we have a form of blue state liberalism that blights the lives of exactly the people it wants to help most.

  American liberalism today is in an advanced stage of intellectual decline. Cynical and short sighted interests wrap themselves in the increasingly tattered mantles of sacred ideas. Liberals are right to feel that social justice matters, that the poor should have greater opportunity and that government in
a democratic society cannot remain
indifferent to the existence of great social evils.

  But where liberals in America have the freest hand—in states like New York, California and Illinois—we see incontrovertible evidence that the policies they choose don’t have the consequences they predict. California by now should surely be an educational, environmental
and social utopia. New York should be a wonder of glorious liberal governance. Illinois should be known far and wide as the
state that works.

  What’s interesting about the governance failures of these states is how comprehensive they are. Other than politicians, union officials and Wall Street investment banks, nobody really benefits
from the choices Illinois has made. As the Volker-Ravitch report tells us, even the ppublic sector unions, the architects of many of the state’s most destructive policies, are
going to get shafted as a result of the bad policies they’ve supported. They’ve created a state that simply won’t be able to honor its promises to the workers the unions represent. “