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July 11, 2007

California Update

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* California's government expects the state's population to hit 60 million by 2050, reports the LATimes. Experts also say that Hispanics will become a majority in Cailfornia in 2042 -- in fact, 60-80% of all growth in California over the next three decades is expected to be Hispanic.

One USC prof says it could all work out for the best, provided only that the California government spend many billions and do a bang-up job with its responsibilities. Otherwise, she says, the result of all this growth will be a state divided between the super-well-off and the barely-getting-by. Which is pretty much what Steve Sailer has been predicting for a while now, not that anyone is offering Steve a cushy position at USC.

A handful of figures to give these developments some context: In 1970, when I began visiting California, the state's inhabitants numbered not quite 20 million, and Hispanics were 12% of that total.

Have I mentioned that some prosperous Californians I know are making plans to move to Mexico? After all, what with all those Mexicans moving to California, life will soon be not just cheaper, but also more spacious and less disruptive in Mexico than it will be in California. Sometimes I wonder why Mexico's population and the U.S.'s don't just swap geographical locations and be done with it.

* California is awash in lawyers but suffers from a shortage of nurses. So what does the state's legislature vote to do? Why, create a new law school, what else? Yup: Now that's a government that addresses its challenges head-on.

* Meanwhile, in New York City, parking spots in covered garages are going for $225,000.



posted by Michael at July 11, 2007


I'm beginning to think I got out of California just in time

Posted by: Reid Farmer on July 12, 2007 12:03 PM

These postings are such bummers. There is such an end-of-the-world feeling to these stats. Or at least an end-of-America's-world-as-many-white-Americans-knew-it-and-loved-it. Remember when the tag line to the Beverly Hillbillies theme song--"Swimming stars" was how people viewed California? Picking fruit off the tree and surfin' safari and convertibles and all that? And New York was all about skyscrapers and and glamour and power and where-all-dreams-come-true-ness. Never totally realistic, but more so than today.

It's such a bummer that one of the most beautiful and poetic aspects of America---"give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse from your teeming shore..." has bitten us in the ass so badly. Talk about no good deed going unpunished.

Everybody's just overwhelmed. Nobody knows who to vote for, and nobody's sure any of those choices have the vaguest idea how to solve anything. Maybe it is exactly how empires fall. It's not so much that people fiddle while Rome burns out of inattention or self-absorption; it's just nobody (and in "nobody" I mean Joe Citizen, not Elected Officials, who sold their souls a long time ago) knows what the hell else to do anymore---there's no stopping the juggernaut, or its too late to, so, might as well fiddle.

I'd rather think about the songs people sing along with on the radio...

Sorry for my downer rant over parking costs in New York!

Posted by: annette on July 12, 2007 1:41 PM

I hope no multiculturalist politically correct liberals call this racism, as is typical of their fascist agenda to silence the courageous few who dare oppose the leftist cultural elitist mainstream media.

Posted by: BP on July 12, 2007 1:47 PM

It's not over yet, annette. America just has to suffer more from in-migration (a neologism that better describes what's happening and avoids all the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty mythologizing of 'immigration') before it will act, including doing things considered 'politically impossible' today, like mass deportations.

I just hope the crossover point happens before irreparable damage is done to a country I love (and I'm not even American).

Posted by: PatrickH on July 12, 2007 5:21 PM

The "irreparable damage" referred to by PatrickH occurred in the 1860s. It took a long time to show up structurally, but began to pick up speed after WWII, and really accelerated after the Vietnam debacle. I have a feeling we won't have to wait much longer for the denouement.

Posted by: Bob Grier on July 12, 2007 9:16 PM

Instead of ranting about the multiculturalims of the left (which is quite silly), you might take a cold look at employers who want cheap labor, the cheapest possible to work in conditons that most people born here would reject (like that strawberry fields owner who let a field hand die of sunstroke, because taking him to the hospital would disrupt the harvest, or be too expensive or whatever).

Now, who would be willing to work in shitty conditions for a pittance? Someone so desperate who will take anything, and so uneducated that they cannot hope for anything better.

There is no point about talking about hispanics, nor their culture, nor anything. What you have is a bunch of uneducated, desperate peasants, whose culture is one of bare survivals who are brought here for the harvest, and left to shift for themselves when not needed. Of couse, the cost of acculturing them, or teaching them what the current culture is falls on those who do not make a cent out of the employer's profits.

Crack down on the employers, I say. Hard. Tell them that if they say "Americans will not do these jobs" to raise the wages and improve working conditions and they'll have plenty of people willing to work. Tell them that mechanization works wonders. And tell them that if they bring in uneducated pesants into a culture not their own, they should pay for teaching them what they need to know.

And let's forget all this cant abut "hispanic culture" when what it is is "impoverisehd peasant bare survival culture" which is very simlar to "impoverished peasant bare survival culture" from other ethnic groups.

Posted by: Adriana on July 12, 2007 9:25 PM

I was being sarcastic, in case it wasn't clear. I find all of this totally revolting.

Posted by: BP on July 12, 2007 10:05 PM


Sorry if I missed the sarcasm. The problem with these postings is that you cannot transmit the appropiate tone of voice so that we know it is sarcasm. One advantage of the spoken word over the written...

Posted by: Adriana on July 13, 2007 8:04 AM

Adriana - You're of course right that greedy businesses wanting cheapo labor are behind these developments as much as the multiculti left is -- I often make that point in these postings, and will certainly get around to it again. Nothing against Hispanics -- wish 'em well! My points in harping on these things are roughly these: to point out something that's happening that's important and that's underrecognized; to use these developments as an example of how detached from the general population, even antagonistic to it, the country's elites (business and political) have become; to point out this odd development -- the way that the multiculti left and the greedy business class are now working hand in hand (ie., to question the usual left and right cartoon); and to ask the question "Are these developments anything that we (understood to be 'current residents of the U.S.') really want? And shouldn't we have a strong say in how the country develops?" ... Our powerful castes, left and right both, often seem these days to have very little interest in serving the desires, well-being, and preferences of the people they rule (or at least to have very peculiar and self-serving ideas about what that might entail) -- it doesn't hurt to take note of this. And I don't know of an issue on which the general population and the elites differ more than they do on immigration policy. So it's a handy one to use to punch some of these points home.

More specificially: I'm not a fan of huge population growth -- and many Americans are horrorstruck to learn how much numbers will be growing thanks to kooky and unwanted immigration policies. Also, history suggests that massive ethnic remakes of a country or a region often end if not disastrously at least by generating tons of divisiveness and resentment. I don't think that the Euro-Americans who'll be leaving California for Colorado and Arizona will do so with love in their hearts towards Mexicans; that the blacks being displaced out of neighborhoods that have long been theirs will be feeling fond of Mexicans; and I doubt that the Mexicans will be thrilled about working hard to pay taxes to support white and black retirees who look down on them. Why invite this kind of perfectly predictable trouble?

But Hispanics and Mexicans? I wish 'em well.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 13, 2007 10:14 AM

I know the word is a useful label for census and research purposes and whatnot, but once in a while it would be nice for people to acknowledge the fact that is plainly evident to any half-educated person that there are 30+ countries in Latin America and that “Hispanics” are not a uniform people with uniform needs and wishes. Not all of Latin America is unstable and there are countries that are doing perfectly well without needing to export their poor to the U.S (take Chile, for example). Hispanics are not immigrating en masse and the phenomenon – massive as it is, nonetheless – is primarily circumscribed to a few countries. Among these, it is one country in particular that makes the most outrageous immigration policy demands to the U.S. government while the latter seems to apologize every time it pretends to pass legislation towards protecting its borders (think about last year’s billionaire bill to build a still non-existing fence in the southern border).

The fact that “Hispanics” speak the same language doesn’t make them all the same or all of their countries a carbon-copy of what most people think Mexico is supposed to look like. I honestly can’t see how you could mistake an Argentinean with a Salvadoran and I am not talking here about the way they look, but about their culture (and I’m not implying that one is “superior” to the other, in case somebody wants to accuse me of racism). As a matter of fact, I’d go as far as to say that the average American has more in common with the average German than anything that’s common between a “Hispanic” from Uruguay and a “Hispanic” from Guatemala.

And yes, I agree that overpopulation and illegal immigration are big problems but the first step towards solving them shouldn’t be scapegoating. It should actually point towards the two ruling parties, the one that wants an influx of cheap labor and the one that wants an influx of sheepish voter-clients.

Posted by: GB on July 13, 2007 12:22 PM


You're absolutely right. There are more different kinds of Hispanics than Baskin-Robbins has flavors of ice cream.

And you know what? I don't give a toss. They belong in their own countries solving their own problems of overpopulation and corruption, not stuffing them in a suitcase and bringing them here.

I'm not scapegoating all those different varieties of Hispanics. The basic problem is the irresponsibility of American businesses who want an indentured servant class, and Democrat politicians who want fresh blood for the benefit of their clients (federal bureaucrats, social workers, teacher's unions, etc.).

Nevertheless, when members of that gorgeous mosaic of different Hispanics migrate here in vast numbers to shift the demographics of my country in the direction of being another Latin American banana republic, screw 'em all.

Posted by: Rick Darby on July 15, 2007 8:31 AM

If you'd read my post in its entirety, you would have noticed that I agree with 99% of what you said. Your third paragraph is exactly the same thing I said on my last sentence. Nonetheless, you preferred to use absurd generalizations ("solving their own problems of overpopulation and corruption" Oh, yeah? How many of these countries are actually corrupt and have problems of overpopulation? How many of these actually send immigrants to the U.S.?) and childish insults ("Latin American banana republic"). It's either that or you're unable to understand what you read. Either way, it speaks volumes about your intelligence.

Posted by: GB on July 15, 2007 5:21 PM

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