Black and Blue in Chicago
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  • Jim Luebke

    “We hear lots of talk about how brilliant liberal economic policies are,
    but we rarely see stories of millions of people emerging triumphantly
    out of poverty thanks to all the wonderful things expensive government
    programs are doing for the citizens of these places.”

    Liberal economic policies are about the power and influence of the Credentialed Elite, more than they are about results.

    It’s like the monarchs of 17th and 18th century Europe treating their armies as toy soldiers; Go here do this! Go there do that! Your fate is to be a plaything for the greater glory of the monarch!

    If “Programs” are being implemented and members of the Credentialed Elite get to move money and bureaucratic minions around, and herd the uneducated, “low-information”, small-town proles this way and that, then their system is working as designed.

  • Pete

    Where’s the logic in saying “Rather than focus on the school closures, angry residents should look at the blue policies that brought the city to this point” when the ones who are the most angry are the ones living off the dysfunctional blue model — and this includes the greedy unionized teachers and others in the employ of the public schools?

    • mhjhnsn

      The logic is that “blue” policies have led to the economic and population declines that now require school closings… and aimed at the parents, not the irredeemably corrupt Chicago tewachers’ Union.

      Nat that it would do any good…

  • ljgude

    I know an entrepreneur of a small Internet company who has employees from all around the world. The usual suspects from India, but also Majorca. A motley crew, that in times past you could only hope to put together in a large city like, errr, Chicago. Cities, since the time of the Indus Valley civilization, were the only way to put together a talent pool where those with new ideas could find the people with the skills necessary to actualize them. They had to make a profit too or they soon had to try other ideas. I’m not arguing that cities are obsolete, but they are no longer the only way to certain kinds of very important human activity. What I am saying that cities, as a category of thought, as a basis for social organization are shape shifting, changing in ways that are hard to fathom. In the case of Blue Chicago and Detroit ‘smaller’ looks like a useful adjective.

  • mnemonicmike

    “Failed to create the kind of economic and social conditions necessary to build a stable black middle class”???? Blacks need to start doing a little of the creating. After Hurricane Katrina, there were scads of re-building jobs, but blacks didn’t want them, in too many cases. So immigrant Mexicans were a key factor in the re-building of the black metropolis of New Orleans. “Share the wealth” pegs the irony meter if you look at how much emphasis blacks are putting on creating their own rewards.
    So blacks have fled to Atlanta, Dallas, and so forth. Have you seen what those cities now look like? They’re ghettoized. You’re not watching a “fleeing” so much as you’re watching the U.S. crumble.

  • As predictable as that night follows day, the blacks migrating to the South and other economically strong states will bring a reliably automatic vote for blue state policies to those states, thus bringing economic failure policies with them.

    • Beaux Weevil

      Agree, and as a Texan, I’m worried about the bushel loads of Californians pouring in here (look at what they are doing to Colorado). The question is how to end their reflexive votes for “the blues”. Most of these voters are so distrustful of “the right” they are impervious to reason.

      • Believe it or not, Seattle itself was a pretty decent place a few decades ago, as was Portland, but then they filled up with Californians and became the jokes they are today.

  • Palinurus

    Here’s a problem with grand theorizing about models of politics: politics is inherently local; it is an organic entity whose life is the interaction of particular institutions, relationships, groups, families, and individuals, and one whose functions are directed by history, local custom and mores, and the unchanging iron laws of power more so than whatever happens to be the ideological flavor, or in this case color, of
    the day. 

    The “blue” model might be apt in the case of federal politics, and a useful shorthand for academics talking about how some politicians talk about politics. But it’s shortcomings and flaws are cast in high relief when applied to local politics. 

 And this not simply apparent in some of the recommendations or even observations offered, which strike the locals as howlers. Everyone here well knows why certain ethic groups will remain loyal to their leaders, despite their flaws. And no one here would ever take seriously anything uttered by a non-entity like Governor Quinn, or interpret Mike Madigan’s play to put his daughter in the governor’s mansion, and ensure that his friends and family are taken care of, as a sign of blue-on-blue violence.

    Chicago is not fundamentally a “blue” city. It is a political machine; its politics are a cocktail of cronyism, patronage, and ethnic and racial allegiances, exercised by and on behalf of several powerful families. To be sure, the
    machine adopts some of the outward trappings of the prevailing political models. But Chicago reflects the “blue” model in the same way a mud puddle reflects the sky.

    This machine existed long before the blue model of politics and, given its cockroach-life ability to survive change and efforts at extermination, it will survive the demise of the blue model. A change of political colors, as it were, would be, as the metaphor suggests, more along the lines of a change of clothes, not of heart, body, and soul.

    • Corlyss

      “Chicago is not fundamentally a “blue” city. It is a political machine; * * * This machine existed long before the blue model of politics * * * ”
      To a large extent the blue model grew out of the patronage politics of political machines, particularly NYC and NY state. Check out the career of Al Smith and how FDR cribbed a lot of the policies applied to the nation from Smith’s reforms in NYC and NY state.

  • Patrick Carroll

    Foul the nest and then leave for richer pickings elsewhere.

    Great. Just great.

  • Federale

    LOL, the President doesn’t care. He is heading for retirement in Hawaii as a millionaire. Do you not understand that he does not care?

  • “Black populations in Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston”

    I predict that these three cities will collapse in the next ten years.

  • teapartydoc

    How about a post about how wonderful things are in Sweden?

  • A6

    “Rather than focus on the school closures, angry residents should look at the blue policies that brought the city to this point.”

    If angry residents could do that, the blue policies wouldn’t have brought the city to this point.

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